Venous Access Devices (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for a Venous Access Device
Call or visit a health care provider right away if a central venous access device is inserted and any of the following symptoms occur:
Go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department in any of the following circumstances:
In particular, shortness of breath, chest pain, or sudden changes in mental status may indicate a dire emergency, and the person with the venous access device should go to an emergency department immediately.
Exams and Tests for Venous Access Device Complications
If a central venous access device is present, the health care provider, whether a primary care provider, specialist, or emergency provider, will have a heightened awareness of the problems that can occur. The provider will ask about symptoms and perform a physical examination.
Some of the following tests may be performed:
Venous Access Device Follow-up
The venous access device can be removed when it is no longer needed, such as when the medical problem for which it was inserted has resolved.
Proper home care of a venous access device involves regular irrigation with a drug called heparin to prevent clotting (except with Groshong-type catheters) and attention to a sterile technique to keep the device free of infection.
Follow any instructions given by the health care provider or nurse to care for a venous access device at home.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2016
Mark Horattas, MD
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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