Intravenous cut down
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In the lower limb the common vessel for intravenous cut down is the beginning of the great saphenous vein in front of the medial malleolus. It does not have to be seen. An incision is made into the skin on the medial malleolus, blindly, as it were. The superficial fascia is examined and the great saphenous vein is sort for. It is seen and then cannulated after a gentle incision into its roof.


  Preparing a patient for intravenous cut down involves toiletting and draping


Great saphenous vein

Museum specimen

Museum label


Prepare patient
Incise skin
Do venotomy
Secure and close


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