Central Line Course

Central line placement is indicated in patients who need hemodynamic monitoring, rapid volume resuscitation, therapies such as vasopressors and hypertonic saline and in patients with difficult venous access.  The central line course will teach clinicians how to place subclavian lines, internal jugular lines and femoral lines using advanced simulation manikins.  Our training in central line insertion covers central venous access indications, contraindications, preparation, technique, complications and their management.  Techniques for triple lumen, cordis and hemodialysis catheters will be taught.  The course will cover both landmark-based central line placement and ultrasound-guided central line insertion.

Our central line placement training is a component of our live Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME course which teaches clinicians how to perform the 20 most essential procedures needed to work in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.

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Central Line Course

Central Line Placement Lab Photos

Central Line Placement Video

Central Line Placement Video


Central Line Placement Course trains students in:


  • Indications for a central venous catheter placement
  • Contraindications for central venous catheter placement
  • Complications of central venous catheter placement
  • Equipment for central venous catheter placement
  • Proper positioning and technique for central venous catheter placement
  • Central venous catheter troubleshooting
  • Coding for central venous catheter placement

Central Line Placement Photos

Central Line Placement Reference Card

Central Line Placement Reference Card

Central Line Placement Reference Card

More information about Central Line Placement

A central line is a special form of a catheter, or tube, which emergency or other medical personnel may need to insert into a large vein in order to complete a variety of medical procedures. The central line procedure and device are referred to in many different ways, sometimes referred to as a central line, Hickman line, or central venous catheter, among other reference terms. A physican may choose to utlize a central line because it can handle a higher volume of fluids, extract blood with greater ease, and can remain inserted longer than a standard intraveneous line.

The basic concept is that a tube is placed below the skin and is connected to a primary vein. The exposed portion of the tube contains a valve that can open and close. When open, the valve provides medical personnel with direct access to the vein, allowing for a variety of medical procedures to be performed. When closed, the valve forms an airtight seal which prevents germs or dirt from entering the tube and causing infection or other complications.

With a procedure as invasive as a central line, infection is perhaps the most common complication likely to occur. Not only from germs entering through the tube itself, but also from around the point of insertion. As a result, the insertion area needs to be meticulously cleaned and cared for.

Risks Associated with Central Line Placement

The risks associated with central line placement are very similar to the risks associated with other similar or related procedures such as an internal jugular line placement. These risks include:

  • Infection
  • Collapsed lung
  • Carotid artery injury
  • Haematoma

Other uses for Central Line Placement

A central line catheter may be inserted if a patient has veins which are exceptionally difficult for medical personnel to access.

Central venous catheter may be placed in patients who are to receive ongoing chemotherapy.

Patients receiving therapeutic treatments such as blood or platelet transfusions.

What to do if you're experiencing issues with a Central Line Catheter

If it's an emergency and you're not already admitted to a medical facility, then contact your local emergency dispatch, or go to the nearest ER or emergency medicine facility. For non-emergency issues, contact your primary care physician who will advise you of what to do.

Symptoms of infection may include swelling or pain around the insertion point or fever. In some cases a Central Line may cause a blood clot in the vein containing the line. This may be indicated by swelling or soreness, chest pain, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.

Ask an Hospital Procedures Consultant Physician

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Central Line Placement Blogs

Which cirrhotic patients are at high risk for bleeding during hospital procedures?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

This blog will offer some expert recommendations to help guide the safety of hospital procedures at different platelet and coagulation profiles.

The subclavian vein may be the preferred location over IJ and Femoral Locations for Central Line Placement

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

This prospective randomized study of complications related to central line location favors subclavian lines over internal jugular lines and femoral lines.

Which cirrhotic patients are at high risk for bleeding during hospital procedures?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

The standard tests to assess bleed risk do not accurately predict bleed risk in cirrhotic patients during bedside procedures.

Ultrasound-guided Central Venous Access: Are Landmarks a Thing of the Past?

by Rick Rutherford, M.D., FAAFP

Ultrasound has improved the safety and efficiency of a wide range of procedures including ultrasound-guided central line insertion

Simulation Based Training for Central Venous Catheters

by Rick Rutherford, M.D., FAAFP

Balancing patient safety with trainee experience presents an ongoing challenge in medicine. Simulation based training has been proposed as a tool to improve the safety of bedside procedures, but has not been rigorously studied. This metaanalysis reviews the evidence available and evaluates whether simulation based training improves success rates for central venous catheter placement.

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