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Central venous catheter placement

Central line placement

A tube used to administer treatments such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, food supplements and blood transfusions

About

A central venous catheter is a tube that allows your consultant to give you treatment directly into your vein. Having a central venous catheter inserted will enable you to receive treatment quickly in an emergency and means you can have treatment without the need for an injection each time. 

Need to know

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    You will lie on your back on an X-ray table. Your radiologist will clean the skin on your neck and chest with antiseptic and cover it with a sterile pad. They will inject a local anaesthetic. Your radiologist will use ultrasound or X-rays to decide on the best location to insert your central venous catheter. They will make a cut in the skin near the base of your neck. Your radiologist will then insert the central venous catheter through this cut into a large vein in your neck, towards your heart. They will put stitches in your skin to hold the catheter in place and place a waterproof dressing over it. The procedure usually takes around an hour.
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    Let your consultant know if you are taking any medications, particularly blood thinning drugs, and if you have any allergies. You may need to have a blood test to check that your blood clots normally. You can eat a light meal before your procedure.
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    You will return to your ward to recover, which can take up to an hour. The central venous catheter will be ready to use immediately. If you need to have treatment through the central venous catheter for a long period of time, you may be discharged from hospital with it still in place. You will need to keep the dressing clean and dry, and always wash your hands with soap and water before you touch the catheter. You may need to come into hospital every week to have your dressing changed and to flush out the line.
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    27 Tooley Street

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