Central Venous Access Devices

by Jill Beavers-Kirby

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    Hi! My name is Jill Beavers-Kirby, and today we're going to be talking about central venous access devices. So, why do we need these types of devices? Well, they're great. As a nurse, you're going to love them because they allow you to do a lot of things. They allow you to give certain types of fluids, certain types of toxic fluids. They allow you to monitor somebody's heart rhythms, heart pressures, and they also allow multiple blood draws. So now we're going to talk about the different types of central venous access devices. You might also hear these called central lines. So that's a group of all the different types of devices that we're going to talk about. The first one is called a PICC line, for a peripherally inserted central catheter. So, a PICC line is usually inserted in the upper arm of someone, either their right arm or their left arm. And this is great because a specially trained registered nurse can put these types of lines in. They can be left in for a long amount of time, usually, a few months. They are about 24 inches long and they can have either one, two, or three ports. So, as a nurse, when you're looking at somebody's PICC line in their arm, you want to measure the circumference of their upper arm because these lines can get infected. And if the circumference of their upper arm becomes large, then you might have an infection or a clog going on. You'll also want to measure the length of the line that you can see left out of the patient. So, you're going to have part of the line hanging out of the patient. It's usually about six inches long. It will be in centimetres because centimetres is...

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    The lecture Central Venous Access Devices by Jill Beavers-Kirby is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Central Venous Access Devices
    • Types of CVAD
    • Complications of CVAD

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. To monitor pressures in the heart
    2. To perform a thoracentesis
    3. To relieve pressure from the chest cavity
    1. Foley Catheter
    2. Pulmonary Arterial Catheter
    3. PICC Line
    4. Implanted Port

    Author of lecture Central Venous Access Devices

     Jill Beavers-Kirby

    Jill Beavers-Kirby

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