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Venous Access Devices (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

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Call or visit a health care provider right away if a central venous access device is inserted and any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Swelling of an arm or the area around the device
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Redness, pain, or tenderness around the device
  • Redness or tenderness along the vein in the upper arm (especially if it is a PICC line)
  • Unexplained fever
  • Device malfunction
  • Pain with injection/infusion into the device
  • Difficulties with concentration, memory, reasoning, or staying awake (mental status changes)
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Unexplained weight loss

Go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department in any of the following circumstances:

  • Inability to reach the health care provider
  • Symptoms worsening or new symptoms appearing

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/21/2014
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