Central Lines: Recognizing, Preventing & Troubleshooting Complications
TO PROMOTE positive outcomes, clinicians caring for patients with central lines must monitor carefully for signs and symptoms of complications.
This article discusses potential complications—catheter occlusion, bleeding and hematoma, catheter-tip migration, catheter rupture, phlebitis and associated pain, swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), infection, and embolism. It also provides assessment, prevention, and troubleshooting tips for central lines.
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