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This program will discuss two types of central venous catheters: those with external ports and those implanted beneath skin. The rational for the use of each type is explained using scenarios as well as art. In addition, routine flushing, accessing the line for medication administration, and dressing changes for the Hickman catheter are demonstrated. Upon completion of this program, the learner will be able to: State reasons why central venous access is warranted List the advantage of central venous catheters Differentiate between the Broviac, Hickman, and Leonard catheters Explain the procedure for placement of a central venous catheter with external ports List equipment for: Accessing a central venous catheter with external parts Performing a dressing change for a central venous catheter with external ports Accessing an implanted central venous catheter Demonstrate how to: Flush a central venous catheter with external ports Access an implanted central venous catheter Perform a dressing change on a central venous catheter with external ports Discuss complications associated with central venous catheters and ways to avoid them.
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