Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Cephalic catheterization

Contributor(s): John Dodam

Introduction

  • To insert a catheter into the cephalic vein as an intravenous route for the administration of drugs, fluids, etc or for blood sampling.

Uses

Advantages

  • Easily accessible, large size vein.
  • Easily performed in the conscious animal with simple restraint.
  • Length of forearm allows simple secure fixing of catheter for semi-permanence.
  • Bilateral sites available, ie both forelimbs.

Disadvantages

  • The site is easily accessible for interference by the patient - catheter must be secured adequately and interference prevented, eg using an Elizabethan collar if necessary.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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