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Measurement of jugular venous pressure

Stuart D Marshall
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (9): 558-559.
Published online: 1 November 2010

To the Editor: In their recent letter, Colquhoun and Jenkins1 correctly note that the external jugular venous pressure is as reliable as the internal jugular venous pressure in estimating right atrial pressure. Furthermore, the external jugular vein is more readily visible and accessible for cannulation should accurate measurement be required.

  • Stuart D Marshall

  • Simulation and Skills Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, VIC.


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