December 7, 1970

Intermittent Hemodialysis With Repeated Femoral Vein Puncture

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and Veterans Administration Hospital, New York. Dr. Cantacuzino is now with the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

JAMA. 1970;214(10):1883-1884. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180100073016

A simple bedside method for percutaneous femoral vein catheterization allows repeated access to the circulation in patients requiring hemodialysis. Blood is returned into any peripheral vein through a 16-gauge needle. With this technique, one patient was maintained with chronic hemodialysis for eight months, until a more definitive access route could be constructed. Furthermore, the method has been used regularly for acute hemodialysis. Patients requiring chronic dialysis, and in whom conventional vascular access fails, now have an alternative to repeated peritoneal dialysis.