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Central lines are used to administer large amounts of fluid, including total parenteral nutrition. (A) A short (nontunneled) triple-lumen percutaneous (through the skin) central venous catheter This catheter is inserted into the subclavian vein and threaded up into the superior vena cava (Lynn, 2008). (B) The peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line is inserted into the antecubital space and is sufficiently long to be threaded up into the superior vena cava (Lynn, 2008). (C) The…

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A Hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis.

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Caring for your patient with a central venous catheter: get the evidence on preventing infection in this blog

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Follow this step-by-step to place a central venous catheter using the modified Seldinger technique; important considerations when using this technique are also discussed.

Illustration of a totally implantable central venous catheter. Read this overview of central venous catheters and insertion techniques http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6570

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