CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Clin Interv Radiol ISVIR 2017; 01(03): 161-167
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604415
Review Article
Indian Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Do You Know Your Lines?

Vamsidhar Rachapalli1, Pankaj Sharma2, Sheo Kumar3, Mangerira Chinnappa Uthappa1
  • 1Department of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology, BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • 2Department of Radiodiagnosis, Delhi State Cancer Institute, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India
  • 3Department of Radiodiagnosis, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Publication History

17 January 2017

19 June 2017

Publication Date:
01 September 2017 (eFirst)


The use of central venous catheters has become ubiquitous in the clinical practice. While a majority of them are easy to insert, many consider it a mundane interventional procedure. However, it is important to ensure that the right catheter is selected for the right patient. In addition, due diligence should be observed during site selection and catheter securement. This article briefly but concisely covers various aspects of venous catheter insertion ranging from catheter selection, patient preparation, choice of skin antisepsis to catheter tip position. This article, however, does not deal with the actual steps involved in the insertion of various catheters.