Authors: Janice Gabriel is strategic clinical networks manager at NHS England (Wessex), Southampton.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- The different types of long-term central venous access devices and their different uses
- How the circulation system works
- The considerations health professionals should take in to account when assessing patients for a long-term CVAD
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
This article would be useful in two situations. The first is if you were researching central venous access devices and wanted to know about the assessment process and when it is appropriate for a CVAD to be considered. The second would be if you were researching the circulation system as this article gives a broad overview that is easy to understand.
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
As above, the article could help to enhance your understanding of CVADs and of the circulation system in general. If you are looking after a patient on placement who has a CVAD in situ, this article will help to clarify how best you can support them.
You will need to know about the circulation system for your anatomy and physiology assignments or exams so it would be a good idea to have a read of this article to ensure you have a good understanding.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
· In what situations would you consider implanting a central venous access device?
· How do you assess which device is the most appropriate?
STUDENT NT DECODER
Central venous access devices
Vascular-access catheters whose tip lies in the central venous circulation system - in either the superior vena cava or the left atrium. The device is used to administer medication and/or fluids directly in to the central venous circulation system.