What is considered a central line?

Asked by Colin Curbelo on September 14, 2021

Categories: Medical health Heart and cardiovascular diseases

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A central line is a type of catheter that is placed in a large vein that allows multiple IV fluids to be given and blood to be drawn. When compared to a typical IV line, a central line is larger, can stay in place longer, candeliver a greater volume of fluids and allows blood to be drawn easily.

What is a central line in the neck for? A central venous catheter, also known as a central line, is a tube that doctors place in a large vein in the neck, chest, groin, or arm to give fluids, blood, or medications or to do medical tests quickly. Central venous catheters are important in treating many conditions, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs).

Does a central line go into the heart? Central venous line: A catheter (tube) that is passed through a vein to end up in the thoracic (chest) portion of the vena cava (the large vein returningblood to the heart) or in the right atrium of the heart. A central venous line allows concentrated solutions to be infused with less risk of complications.

Who can insert a central line? A central line placement is performed in an X-ray room by a radiologist and specially trained nurses and technologists. The radiologist will place a small tube in the vein under your shoulder bone and anchor it by making a small tunnel under your-skin.