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Int J Lab Hematol. 2007 Aug;29(4):261-78.

Guidelines on the insertion and management of central venous access devices in adults.

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Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.


Central venous access devices are used in many branched of medicine where venous access is required for either long-term or a short-term care. These guidelines review the types of access devices available and make a number of major recommendations. Their respective advantages and disadvantages in various clinical settings are outlined. Patient care prior to, and immediately following insertion is discussed in the context of possible complications and how these are best avoided. There is a section addressing long-term care of in-dwelling devices. Techniques of insertion and removal are reviewed and management of the problems which are most likely to occur following insertion including infection, misplacement and thrombosis are discussed. Care of patients with coagulopathies is addressed and there is a section addressing catheter-related problems.

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