Subclavian Line

The Subclavian route has lower infection rates (than femoral) but higher mechanical complication rates (e.g. pneumothorax). It is typically done without ultrasound and is a difficult skill to master in ED (more common in ICU). But it can be life-saving in certain situations when IJ or femoral access is contraindicated (e.g. major trauma with neck/pelvis injury). 

Placement of subclavian central venous catheter (central line, CVC)

Hannah Bell