A central venous line is a thin, flexible tube placed in a vein in your arm or chest. The line can deliver medicine, liquids, or nutrients into a blood vessel. A few stitches keep the line in place. The line also can be used to collect blood samples. A central venous line can be used for several months.
Tell your doctor if you take aspirin or some other blood thinner. These medicines can increase the chance of bleeding.
Caring for a central venous line focuses on preventing infection. You may need to limit some of your activities while you have the line in.
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 call line 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 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 you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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