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NICE (UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence) considers ultrasound-guided CVA (central venous access)

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) held this week the second appraisal committee meeting on the use of ultrasonic location devices during the insertion of central venous lines. Preliminary guidance recommends that two-dimensional imaging ultrasound be used in the more than 200,000 central venous access (CVA) procedures performed annually by the NHS in England and Wales. In its assessment of CVA technologies, NICE also compares audio-guided Doppler ultrasound location with the traditional, so-called "landmark" method.

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