Venous Access Devices (cont.)
Mark Horattas, MD
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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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.
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