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Venous Access Devices (cont.)

Prevention of Venous Access Device Complications

To prevent problems, flush the venous access device with heparinized saline solution as directed.

To prevent infection, it is extremely important to be careful to maintain a sterile technique and follow the health care provider's instructions in cleaning the site where the device exits the skin.

Venous Access Device Outlook

Problems with venous access devices, when diagnosed, usually can be treated effectively.

Although there are risks associated with central venous access devices, the benefits of these devices usually outweigh the risks. Be aware of the possible complications, recognize the signs and symptoms early, and bring these to the attention of the health care provider. The complications usually can be treated successfully.

Venous Access Device Chart

Conditions that may require central venous access—a decision chart.
Conditions that may require central venous access—a decision chart. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


"Overview of central venous access"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2016
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