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You've had a procedure to give you a tunnelled catheter. The catheter is a soft, flexible tube that runs under your skin, usually from a vein in your chest, neck, or groin to a large vein near your heart. You may have it for weeks, months, or longer.
You will now be able to get medicine, blood, nutrients, or other fluids with more comfort. You will not be poked with a needle every time.
You can use the catheter right away. You will be shown how to use it and how to care for it.
There may be a small ring, or cuff, under the skin on the catheter. This helps hold the catheter in place.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/23/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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