MEMC VI Abstracts| Volume 41, ISSUE 2, P213-214, August 2011

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Ultrasound Evaluation of the Effect of Head Rotation on the Relationship of the Internal Jugular Vein and Carotid Artery

      Previous studies have shown that when the internal jugular vein (IJV) is 46–90° in relation to the carotid artery (CA), that safe cannulation of the vein would be difficult, if not impossible. Our goal was to further examine the anatomical relationships of the IJV and CA during head rotation to determine what head position would decrease the risk for CA puncture.
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