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Safe Central Venous Access in an Overburdened Health System

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A previously healthy man, intubated in the intensive care unit (ICU) for respiratory failure due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), required central venous access for vasopressor infusion. The intensivists were occupied managing other critically ill patients, so an available intern attempted to place a triple-lumen catheter in the right internal jugular vein using only anatomic landmarks for guidance. When the access needle was inserted, pulsatile return of blood was noted.

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Corresponding Author: Karen Woo, MD, MS, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste 526, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (kwoo@mednet.ucla.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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