Preventing and managing complications of CVADs
Janice Gabriel is strategic clinical networks manager at NHS England (Wessex), Southampton.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- Commonly used long-term central venous access devices
- Potential problems that can hinder treatment
- How these problems can be managed or their likelihood
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
Long-term conditions in general, or specifically central venous access devices (CVADs). This article gives a good overview of how health professionals can safely manage CVADs and advises on how to involve patients in the decision-making process. It may also be helpful to reference in essays about infection prevention and control as it goes in to detail on how to reduce associated infection risks.
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
At some point during your training or career, you are likely to be caring for a patient who has a CVAD fitted. This article will help to prepare you for this and give you an understanding of why certain steps are taken.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- How can the risk of infection be minimised when someone has a CVAD?
- What steps should be taken when changing the dressing on a CVAD?
STUDENT NT DECODER
Also known as central lines. A CVAD that is inserted directly in to the venous system through the chest to enable medication and fluids to be administered.
Peripherally inserted central catheters
A type of CVAD that is inserted in to a peripheral vein in the arm, with the tip lying in the superior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.