Chances are small... The risks are low but can be serious; when it's recommended that a central line be placed, it's felt that the benefits outweigh the risks...Things we worry about at the time of central line placement are: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), infection, arterial placement, bleeding/hematoma, abnormal heart rhythm, air embolus. Later on, infection & DVT are the main concerns.
Multiple. There are multiple potential complications. These include pneumothorax, bleeding, infection, air embolism, and othe minor complications.
Agree. With the responses. Current recommendations suggest that these should be placed now with the aid of ultrasound to reduce the risks of bleeding and lung injury.
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