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Central Venous Catheter Placement

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Central Venous Catheter Placement

What is Central Venous Catheter Placement?

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.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Central Venous Catheter Placement:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to central venous catheter placement.

Anesthesia with Central Venous Catheter Placement:

Central venous catheter placement is performed with a local anesthetic.

Potential Complications from Central Venous Catheter Placement:

Possible risks following central venous catheter placement include infection, bleeding, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience arrhythmia, a collapsed lung and an air embolism.

Recovery from Central Venous Catheter Placement:

The recovery from central venous catheter placement takes one to two days.

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