Central Line Tips & Tricks: Part 1

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Harman Gill
I am a proud Indian by ethnicity and Sikh by religion who lives in the lovely upper valley here in New Hampshire. I love to host, cook and engage in health conversations and loud debates where decibels can be raised but respect is never lost! Talk to you soon!
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Shyam Murali

Academic Chief Resident at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, pursuing a surgical critical care fellowship. His first steps into FOAMed started off with him learning something new each day and sharing it with MedTwitter. Days off include jamming on his saxophone, making EDM remixes, and spending quality time with his wife and puppy.

The Pre-brief

There are some things that are not taught when you are learning central lines. This video is part 1 of 2 and will discuss some of the important ergonomics of central line placement.

The Debrief

  1. Optimize your patient and equipment positioning to ensure procedural success

  2. Use the “Harman Gill Lidocaine Technique” to provide appropriate analgesia for your patient and mark the appropriate location on the neck before draping the patient.

  3. As always, practice in the sim lab before your next central line on a patient

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