Long-term IV (intravenous) access is a way to put medicine, liquids, or nutrients into a blood vessel. A health professional also can use it to take blood samples. The IV access involves putting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter in a vein in your arm, neck, or upper chest. It is kept in place with a few stitches. A long-term IV line can be kept in for weeks or even months.
Tell your doctor if you take aspirin or some other blood thinner. These medicines can increase the chance of bleeding inside your body.
Care of your long-term IV 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.
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Current as of: March 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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