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J Infus Nurs. 2004 Nov-Dec;27(6):399-409; quiz 410-2.

Peripherally inserted central catheters and midline catheters for the homecare nurse.

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Covenant Home Health and Hospice, Milwaukee, Wis, USA.


Peripherally inserted central catheters are the most common type of catheter used for homecare patients. Midline catheters offer a less invasive, cost-effective option for vascular access in some patients. Homecare nurses play a key role in teaching patients how to live safely with and manage these devices and must possess expert knowledge of catheter placement, standards of assessment, care and management, and potential complications.

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