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Managing Central Venous Catheters in Primary Care

Duration: 1 Day - Start Time: 09:15 End Time: 16:30 - CPD Hours: 8 - Price: £0.00

A list of available dates can be found at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

A central venous catheter (CVC), also known as a central line, central venous line, or central venous access device (CVAD), is a catheter placed into a large vein. CVADs can be inserted in veins in the neck (internal jugular vein), chest (subclavian vein or axillary vein), groin (femoral vein), or through veins in the arms (also known as a PICC line, or peripherally inserted central catheters).

CVADs are used for administration of intravenous fluids and medication, both short and long term, that would cause damage or phlebitis to peripheral veins. CVADs can also be used for blood sampling and for haemodynamic monitoring.

CVCs used are; Acute lines, Cuffed Tunnelled lines (Hickman) Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) and Implantable ports (Portocaths) In addition, for midterm IV access, Midlines can be inserted.

This course will enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively care for Central Venous Devices (CVADs) to enhance patient care.


Course Content

Indication for Midline, PICC or CVAD
Drug administration via different VADs
Flushing and maintaining patency of VADs
Matching Michigan
Dressings and securement devices
Management of complications
Infection prevention and Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT)

Course Aims and Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to;

  • Explore issues related to the development of nursing practice in respect of central venous cannulation 
  • Discuss the insertion of Central venous Access Devices
  • Discuss the indications for insertion of Central Venous Access Devices
  • List the common types of intravenous therapies infused via a central line in an acute and homecare setting
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management, care and maintenance of; Midlines, Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC Lines) Cuffed Tunnelled Lines (Hickman Lines) and Implantable Ports (Portocaths) in a hospital setting and at home.
  • Discuss infection prevention and use of aseptic non-touch technique for accessing central venous catheters.
  • Explain the flushing procedures for Central Venous Access Devices
  • Demonstrate the dressing procedures for Central Venous Access Devices
  • Demonstrate and discuss line removal
  • Discuss the possible complications of Central Venous Access Devices and Midlines
  • Outline appropriate interventions to prevent, minimise and manage complications

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