Venous Access Devices
Venous Access Devices Introduction
Venous access devices that can be implanted under the skin were introduced in 1982. They allow medications to be delivered directly into larger veins, are less likely to clot, and can be left in for long periods. Central venous access devices are small, flexible tubes placed in large veins for people who require frequent access to the bloodstream.
Venous access devices are most often used for the following purposes:
Venous access devices provide several advantages over regular IV lines, which are usually inserted in a small vein in the hand or arm.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/21/2014
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