PERIPHERAL VASCULAR SURGERY (chapter 23)

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What is an VASCULAR ACCESS DEVICE?

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Central venous catheters are also known as vascular access devices. They are used for these reasons: To give several drugs at one timeFor long-term therapy (to reduce the number of needle sticks)For frequent treatments (using a CVC won't cause as much wear and tear to the veins, potential scarring, and discomfort as numerous IVs)For continuous infusion chemotherapyTo give drugs that can cause serious damage to skin and muscle tissue if they leak outside of a vein (these drugs are known as vesicants). Delivering these through a CVC provides more stable access to a vein than a regular IV, reducing the risk that the drug will leak outside the vein and damage tissues.WILL BE PLACED IN CENTRAL VEINS.

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