Step-by-step photo gallery: How to place a cephalic catheter

Step-by-step photo gallery: How to place a cephalic catheter

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Feb 10, 2010

The cephalic catheter is the most common IV catheter placed in dogs and cats. This article will help you brush up on your technique.

To place a cephalic catheter, gather the following items:

1. Clippers

2. Cleaning solutions such as chlorihexdine, povidone-iodine, or alcohol

3. Appropriate-size IV catheter
a. 24-ga for puppies and kittens
b. 22-ga for cats and small dogs
c. 20-ga for medium-sized dogs
d. 18-ga large dogs

4. T-set adaptor or injection cap

5. Tape to secure the IV catheter in place.

Now follow the photos with instructions below:

More in this package:
Step 1: Clip the area
Step 2: Locate the cephalic vein
Step 3: Disinfect the area
Step 4: Insert the catheter
Step 5: Troubleshoot catheter placement
Step 6: See final catheter placement
Step 7: Place T-set adaptor
Step 8: See final T-set placement
Step 9: Tape catheter