Central Venous Catheter (CVC, Central Line) Placement
Indication: Hemodynamic monitoring/Intravenous access
A time-out was completed verifying correct patient, procedure, site, positioning, and special equipment if applicable. The patient was placed in a dependent position appropriate for central line placement based on the vein to be cannulated. The patient’s <right/left> < neck/shoulder/groin> was prepped and draped in sterile fashion. 1% Lidocaine was used to anesthetize the surrounding skin area. A triple lumen <9-French> Cordis catheter was introduced into the the <subclavian/internal jugular/common femoral vein> using the Seldinger technique <and under ultrasound guidance>. The catheter was threaded smoothly over the guide wire and appropriate blood return was obtained. Each lumen of the catheter was evacuated of air and flushed with sterile saline. The catheter was then sutured in place to the skin and a sterile dressing applied. Perfusion to the extremity distal to the point of catheter insertion was checked and found to be adequate. <Attending/Resident> was present for the entire procedure.
Estimated Blood Loss: <____>
The patient tolerated the procedure well and there were no complications.
Other procedure note examples:
- Endotracheal Intubation
- Central Line (CVC) Access
- Arterial Line
- Lumbar Puncture
- Thoracostomy (Chest Tube)
- Swan-Ganz Catheter Placement
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