cannulation of large veins

cannulation of large veins

, venous cannulation (kăn″ū-lā′shŭn)
Gaining access to venous circulation by placing a flexible catheter into one of the large veins, usually the femoral, subclavian, or jugular vein. The cannula may be used to provide hyperalimentation; to administer drugs; or to replace fluids, among other uses.

CAUTION!

Potential complications of venous cannulation include bleeding, infection, pneumothorax, arterial puncture, and injury to internal organs, among others.