- by Dr. Sunil Dwivedi
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- Sep 12 2017
What is Non-tunneled Central Catheter or Line?
A non-tunneled central line is a kind of intra venous catheter. A catheter is a stretchable tube used to give treatments and to extract blood. A non-tunneled central line is positioned into a large vein near your groin, chest or neck.
Why does one need a non-tunneled central catheter?
Non-tunneled central catheters are used to give you medication and treatments. They are usually put in if you have to give IV medicines to an individual at home. Doctors may not be able to use smaller veins in your body. In crisis, a non-tunneled central line gives effortless entry to your bloodstream, and medicine may work quickly.
How can to prevent catheter-related infections?
The part around your catheter may get infected, or you may get an infection in your circulatory system. A catheter-related infection is caused by bacteria or germs getting into your bloodstream across your catheter. Infections from catheters can cause serious illness. The following are ways you can help ward off an infection:
Wash your hands
Wear medical gloves
Check for infection
Clean your skin
Keep the area dry
Cover the region
How should one care for non-tunneled central catheter?
Your doctor may want you to do the following to diminish your complications or risk of infection:
Clean the parts of the catheter
Cleanse your catheter
Do not force the fluid
Change the caps and medicine tubing
Fix the catheter
Coil extra tubing
What are the risks of having a non-tunneled central catheter?
The catheter may go into the incorrect part or blood vessel during the process. Air or blood may get into the area around your lungs, leading to heart or lung issues. You may get an infection where the catheter penetrates your body, or in your bloodstream. The catheter may bend, crack or move out of position, and not function. You may need to have the catheter removed, and a new one placed.
Medicine may drip on your skin, causing pain, swelling and blisters. You can have bleeding, an allergy to heparin, or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). HIT is a low number of blood platelets, which raises the risk of bleeding. You may get a blood clot in the vein where your catheter was positioned. This can cause swelling and pain, and it can stop blood from circulating where it needs to go in your body. The blood clot may break loose and move to your lungs. A blood clot in your lungs can cause chest pain and difficulty in breathing. This problem can be critical.
If you do not have a central line placed, you may not be able to get the medication or treatments that you need. If medicine that damage small veins is given through a regular IV, your veins may be impaired.
When should you contact your doctor?
Contact your doctor if:
The catheter area is warm, red, oozing fluid or painful.
You have a fever.
You see blood on your bandage and the quantity is increasing.
The veins in your chest or neck swell.
If you are unable to flush your catheter, or you sense pain when you flush your catheter.
If you observe that the catheter is getting shorter, or it drops out.
You notice a crack or a hole in your catheter. Hold the catheter above the damage before you contact your doctor.
You run out of supplies to care for your catheter or skin.
You have any questions about how to care for your catheter.
When should you seek emergency care?
Seek care immediately or call your doctor if:
You have pain in your chest, arm, shoulder or neck.
The catheter area changes color, turns cold, or you cannot feel it.
You notice blisters on your skin close to where the catheter enters it.
You have chest pain or difficulty in breathing that is getting adverse over time.
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