- •To compare the ease of placement of central intravenous catheters in the dog using 2 techniques: the modified Seldinger jugular catheter placement technique and the through-the-needle jugular catheter placement technique.
- •To evaluate the ease and effectivness of teaching the 2 jugular catheter placement techniques.
- •To determine the utility of a synthetic vascular access model for teaching the 2 techniques to veterinary students.
Design: Students were taught 2 jugular catheter placement techniques using a synthetic jugular venipuncture model and were then observed placing catheters using each technique in live dogs enrolled in a terminal surgery laboratory. Time taken for catheter placement, success or failure of catheter insertion, indicators of catheter viability (time required for blood to be collected through the catheter and for fluid to flow through the catheter), and complications associated with catheter insertion (hematoma presence/size post-mortem) were objectively evaluated by the authors, and ease of catheter placement was subjectively evaluated by the students.
Setting: Surgical techniques laboratory in a veterinary teaching hospital.
Animals: Dogs destined for a terminal student surgery laboratory (n=35).