Surgical cutdown technique should not be abandoned

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7012.1091b (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1091
  1. W G A Woods,
  2. R J Ham
  1. Consultant surgeon Worthing Hospital, Worthing BN11 2DH
  2. Consultant vascular surgeon Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB

    EDITOR,--Andy Adam dismisses the surgical cutdown technique for gaining access to the subclavian vein to insert a long term central venous catheter.1 We have used an open approach to the internal jugular vein for the past 10 years. This method does not …

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