Venous Access Devices (cont.)
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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.
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.
For More Information
Society of Interventional Radiology, Central Venous Access Catheters (CVAC) and Gastrostomy (Feeding) Tubes
RadiologyInfo.org, Vascular Access Procedures
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Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/21/2014
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