Ultrasound evaluation of saphenous vein for peripheral intravenous cannulation in adults

Travis Jones, Nicholas Stea, Uwe Stolz, Srikar R Adhikari

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Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate variables that may affect sonographic cannulation of great saphenous vein and determine the ideal location for ultrasound-guided saphenous vein cannulation in adult emergency department (ED) patients. Methods: A prospective observational study at an academic ED. The great saphenous vein was identified in adult subjects at three distinct sites after placing the tourniquet proximal to the vein: the ankle, mid-calf, and below the knee using a 10-5 MHz linear transducer. The depth of the saphenous vein from the skin surface and its diameter were measured in supine and reverse trendelenburg positions in both extremities. Results: A total of 60 subjects (male 30, female 30) were enrolled in the study. The median age of the patients was 50.5 years [interquartile range (IQR) 34.5-67.5]. The median body mass index (BMI) was 27.3 (IQR, 24.2-31.8). The great saphenous vein was significantly superficial in location at the ankle level compared with the calf (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-421
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Access
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Bedside ultrasound
  • Cannulation
  • Great saphenous vein
  • Peripheral intravenous
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nephrology


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