Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Jugular catheterization

Contributor(s): Elisa Mazzaferro

Introduction

  • Good sample collection technique is vital to successful biochemical and hematological analysis of blood.
  • Jugular vein gives rapid, unobstructed flow of blood.
  • Peripheral veins, eg cephalic and saphenous, often detrimental   →   slow blood flow   →   sample artifacts (hemolysis and microclots).

Uses

Advantages

  • Easily accessible, large vein.
  • Simple technique.
  • Can be performed in conscious animal with simple restraint.

Disadvantages

  • Difficult to apply sustained pressure to venipuncture site if required.

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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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Lainesse C, Boysen S R & Doucet M Y (2007) One-step method for catheterising the jugular vein of cats to enable repeated blood sampling. Vet Rec 161 (7), 221-5 PubMed.


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