25th November 2019

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What is central line care?

Central Line Care. A central line is an IV (intravenous) line that goes into a large blood vessel near the center of the body. Central lines are used for giving medications, fluids, IV nutrition and drawing blood. The central line is usually placed in the chest area.

Then, where does a PICC line go?

A PICC is inserted in a peripheral vein in the arm, such as the cephalic vein, basilic vein or brachial vein, and then advanced proximally toward the heart through increasingly larger veins, until the tip rests in the distal superior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.

Why is a central line used?

Central venous catheters (CVCs) are also called central venous access devices (CVADs), or central lines. They are used to put medicines, blood products, nutrients, or fluids right into your blood. They can also be used to take out blood for testing.
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