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Care of Central Venous Catheters

  • The use of central venous catheters (commonly referred to as central lines) in out of hospital settings is very common as care is delivered to patients in their homes, in clinics, or in outpatient infusion centers.
  • As a patient with a central line in place, you should learn all you can about the care of your central line and what you can do to prevent any complications from occurring.
  • As a health-care provider, you play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the patient’s central line through the care that you deliver.
  • For more information about resources available on this page, please contact:
    Regina Nailon RN, PhD
    Manager, Nursing Outcomes
    Nebraska Medicine