Peres recommended the insertion length of a central venous catheters that would avoid placement within the right atrium. Insertion of a catheter within the right atrium is included with a number of complications including perforation with cardiac tamponade. The author is from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Patient: adult (for insertion into children see 06.13.04)


(1) vein to be used

(2) height of the patient in cm


Insertion Length

right subclavian, infraclavicular

((height in cm) / 10) - 2 cm

right external jugular

((height in cm) / 10) cm

right internal jugular

((height in cm) / 10) cm

left external jugular

((height in cm) / 10) + 4 cm


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