During central venous catheter placement, a needle is inserted into a vein located in the upper chest, neck, or groin. A catheter is then threaded through the vein and into the superior vena cava. The catheter is kept in place in order to deliver medication.
Also Known As:
- Central line
- Long-term IV
- Long-term infection treatment
Conditions Treated with Central Venous Catheter Placement:
Central venous catheter placement is utilized in order to deliver medication without the need for multiple needle sticks. It can be used in cases of dialysis, delivery of chemotherapeutic medicine, frequent blood draws, and long-term intravenous nutrition, antibiotics or pain medication.