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A safe and simple technique for exchanging central venous catheters.
  1. M. Shimada,
  2. T. Matsumata,
  3. S. Wakiyama,
  4. T. Maeda,
  5. T. Kanematsu,
  6. K. Sugimachi
  1. Department of Surgery II, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

    Abstract

    A safe and simple technique for exchanging central venous catheters is herein described. Our technique is based on a modification of Seldinger's method, in which a new outer sheath is introduced over the previous catheter as a guidewire in order to simplify the exchange of central venous catheters. This technique can be successfully performed by new residents and can be applied to the exchange of clotted catheters.

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