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October 24, 1966

The Emergency Intravenous Route

Author Affiliations

Westwood, NJ

JAMA. 1966;198(4):489. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110170201045

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To the Editor:—  As a further contribution to the correspondence in your Letters section concerning emergency establishment of an intravenous route, I would like to point out that it is usually very easy to insert a plastic catheter (of the Intracath or Angiocath type) into the grossly dilated external jugular vein in patients requiring cardiac resuscitation. With a little practice the subclavian vein can also be used as an emergency route.