Bright Idea for Easier JVP Examination

January 1, 2007

To facilitate the assessment of jugular venous pressure, shine a beam of light tangentially across the skin overlying the jugular vein while the patient's neck muscles are relaxed.

 

To facilitate the assessment of jugular venous pressure, shine a beam of light tangentially across the skin overlying the jugular vein while the patient's neck muscles are relaxed. The light exposes the pulsations of the internal jugular vein; simultaneous palpation of the internal carotid artery can aid in the identification of venous pulsations.
- Eleni Patrozou, MD
  Providence, RI

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