Chapter 1. The History of Central Venous Access

  1. Helen Hamilton CBE, FRCN, RGN Independent nurse consultant2 and
  2. Andrew R. Bodenham FRCA Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine3
  1. J. L. Peters BSc, FRCS Consultant General Surgeon

Published Online: 7 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch1

Central Venous Catheters

Central Venous Catheters

How to Cite

Peters, J. L. (2009) The History of Central Venous Access, in Central Venous Catheters (eds H. Hamilton and A. R. Bodenham), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Intravenous therapy, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK

Author Information

  1. Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019948

Online ISBN: 9780470750186



  • central venous catheters;
  • cardiac catheterisation;
  • pulmonary combustion theory;
  • intracardiac pressure recordings;
  • chemotherapeutic agent;
  • systemic physiological investigations;
  • flexible polyethylene cannulas;
  • intravenous hyperalimentation (IVH);
  • total parenteral nutrition (TPN)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The origins of venous access

  • Venous access and the development of parenteral nutrition

  • Venous access and chemotherapy

  • Routes of insertion

  • Percutaneous infraclavicular subclavian vein catheterisation

  • A supraclavicular approach to subclavian vein catheterisation

  • Conclusion

  • References