Venous cutdown | definition of venous cutdown by Medical dictionary
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A small surgically created incision over a major blood vessel, usually a vein, to facilitate rapid and direct venous access
a small surgical incision made in a vein of a patient who has suffered vascular collapse to permit the introduction of IV fluids or drugs. A cutdown also may be performed for the insertion of a cannula for the withdrawal of blood.
Surgical incision in a vein to place a catheter to permit intravenous administration of fluids or drugs. It is used in patients with vascular collapse when gaining percutaneous access to the circulation is difficult; however, this procedure is usually tried only when subclavian, jugular, or femoral access cannot be established. See: illustrationillustration
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Pneumothorax is a risk associated most often with the percutaneous subclavian approach and is nonexistent in the placement of PICCs and venous cutdown
Initially, for each hemodialysis procedure, new arterial and venous accesses had to be created with arterial and venous cutdowns
, limiting the number of hemodialysis procedures that could be performed on a patient.