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Nurs Stand. 2008 Jun 25-Jul 1;22(42):41-8.

Care and management of patients with skin-tunnelled catheters.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, Staffordshire.


Central venous access devices (CVADs) are used in secondary and, increasingly, primary care settings to provide access to the central circulation. Skin-tunnelled catheters (STCs) are frequently used as the vascular access device of choice, particularly for patients receiving chemotherapy and for those who require long-term access for repeated transfusions. Despite the increased use of STCs, practice varies between trusts and community teams. This article provides an overview of the care and management of patients with STCs.

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