Central line: supraclavicular

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  1. 1cm lat to scm head
  2. 1cm post to clavicular head
  3. bisect angle btwn scm & clavicle
  4. 10' angle inf to horizontal plane


Central line if coagulopathic

  • Preferentially use a compressible site such as the femoral location (avoid the IJ and subclavian if possible)
  • No benefit to giving FFP unless artery is punctured[1]

See Also


  1. Fisher NC, Mutimer DJ. Central venous cannulation in patients with liver disease and coagulopathy—a prospective audit. Intens Care Med 1999; 25:5
  2. Morado M.et al. Complications of central venous catheters in patients with haemophilia and inhibitors. Haemophilia 2001; 7:551–556