Central Venous Catheter


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Central venous catheter insertion is a standard and, often, the necessary procedure for critically ill patients. Various access techniques and devices were developed for many indications, including total parenteral nutrition administration, dialysis, plasmapheresis, medication administration, and hemodynamic monitoring, and to facilitate further complex interventions such as transvenous pacemaker placement. Central venous access may be attained with various devices, depending on the indication for catheter insertion. Broadly, central venous catheters allow for the administration of vasoactive medications and agents known as venous irritants. Still, catheters are used to perform dialysis or plasmapheresis or as a conduit to insert additional devices for more complex procedures. This activity reviews central venous catheter insertion and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in managing patients who undergo this procedure.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the indications and contraindications for central venous catheter insertion.
  • Describe the technique involved in central venous catheter insertion.
  • Review the common complications of central venous catheter insertion.
  • Outline the importance of interprofessional team collaboration, communication, and care coordination to enhance the care of patients requiring central venous catheter insertion to improve outcomes.


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