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Video 11-11: Collapsing internal jugular vein

From: Pocket Guide to POCUS: Point-of-Care Tips for Point-of-Care Ultrasound

It is important to compress the internal jugular vein prior to attempting a procedure to ensure that there is no sign of a thrombus. In a patient such as this, however, even light pressure causes the vein to completely collapse. This should be accounted for when anticipating challenges of accessing the vessel. Patient positioning can help this issue, as inclining the patient so that the head is down will cause the jugular veins to fill.

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