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Subclavian vein catheterisation for total parenteral nutrition: A review of 82 cases


This is a prospective study of 2 years experience of subclavian venous catheterisation for intravenous feeding. A total of 103 catheterisations were performed in 83 patients. There was no mortality related to the catheterisation procedure. The incidence of sepsis was 4%. The incidence of pneumothorax was 4%. Strict formality is advised in establishing and maintaining the subclavian venous catheters.

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Corbally, M., Lane, B., Constant, C. et al. Subclavian vein catheterisation for total parenteral nutrition: A review of 82 cases. I.J.M.S. 150, 152–155 (1981).

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