venous cutdown


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venous cutdown

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.
A small surgically created incision over a major blood vessel, usually a vein, to facilitate rapid and direct venous access
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VENOUS CUTDOWN
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VENOUS CUTDOWN

venous cutdown

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.
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