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Use of Subclavian Catheters for Hemodialysis

Authors: HOWARD C. SNIDER MD, CHARLES E. INGALLS MD, FRANCIS X. SCHLOEDER MD, PANJINI SIVANNA MD

Abstract

In 98 patients, we cannulated the subclavian and internal jugular veins with modified Shaldon catheters, using the Seldinger technic. Catheters were left for long periods, and multiple dialyses were accomplished with each catheter. The incidence of major complications was less than 5%. None of the catheters were believed to be the cause of any clinically significant infection. This technic proved to be a safe, convenient, and inexpensive method for providing rapid vascular access for hemodialysis.

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