A nurse is preparing to assist with insertion of a central venous catheter. The physician has said that he wants to use the brachiocephalic vein for insertion. Which of the following best describes the location of this vein?

 

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- At the level of the clavicle, connecting the internal jugular and the subclavian veins

- The lateral portion of the upper arm, next to the biceps muscle

- The side of the neck, extending from the jaw to the clavicle

- In the upper thigh, connecting the saphenous and femoral veins

Rationale

"At the level of the clavicle, connecting the internal jugular and the subclavian veins" is correct. The brachiocephalic vein returns blood from the upper part of the body to the heart. The brachiocephalic vein is often accessed on the upper part of the chest when the patient needs a central venous catheter.
"The lateral portion of the upper arm, next to the biceps muscle" is incorrect because this describes the brachial vein.
"The side of the neck, extending from the jaw to the clavicle" is incorrect because this describes the jugular vein.
"In the upper thigh, connecting the saphenous and femoral veins" is incorrect because this describes the common femoral vein.


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