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Subclavian Vein Cannulation via Supraclavicular or Infraclavicular Route Which is Better? A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Pooja Jaiswal, Suman Saini, Priyanka H Chhabra

Keywords : Access, Complications, Infraclavicular, Route, Subclavian, Supraclavicular, Ultrasound

Citation Information : Jaiswal P, Saini S, Chhabra PH. Subclavian Vein Cannulation via Supraclavicular or Infraclavicular Route Which is Better? A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Indian J Crit Care Med 2024; 28 (4):375-380.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24686

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-03-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Background and objectives: The subclavian vein is frequently cannulated using ultrasound. There are two techniques of subclavian vein catheterization (SVC): Supraclavicular (SC) and infraclavicular (IC). Though the IC route is often preferred, the SC approach offers several distinct advantages. This study was planned to compare the technique of SVC using SC and IC approaches in terms of catheterization technique and complications in elective surgeries in adults. Methods: Sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 1, 2, or 3 adult patients posted for elective surgeries under general anesthesia were recruited. Patients were divided into SC or IC groups randomly. Right-sided subclavian vein was cannulated in both the groups (n = 30). Visualization time, Likert scale, subclavian vein diameter, skin-to-subclavian vein depth, number of attempts, puncture time, ease of guidewire insertion, catheter insertion time, and total procedural time were observed. A comparison of complications for each approach was noted. Results: Total procedural time, time to visualization of the subclavian vein, and puncture time was lower for group SC and higher for group IC. Catheter insertion time was higher with the IC approach than with the SC approach. Better ultrasound view scores were seen in group SC than in group IC. The first attempt success rate was higher in group SC than in group IC. Comparatively, lower complications both during and after the procedure were noted in the SC approach than the IC approach. Conclusion: Ultrasonography (USG) guidance guided SC approach to access the subclavian vein is quicker, relatively secure, and a better technique than the IC approach. Additionally, the SC approach is associated with comparatively fewer immediate and delayed complications.

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