IV catheter management

Also known as: Central venous catheter management

A central venous catheter, also called a central line, is used to take blood and give chemotherapy and other drugs during treatment for cancer. It is inserted under your skin, usually in the large blood vessels in your chest, and left there during your treatment.

Your nurses will teach you how to take care of your catheter. You will learn how to change the dressing and flush your catheter. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

It is very important that you treat your catheter carefully to avoid infection.

Providence Infusion Pharmacy offers a welcome alternative to lengthy hospital stays for medically stable patients requiring injectable therapies. Our highly trained clinical pharmacists and registered infusion nurses work together with physicians to meet the individual needs of patients of all ages.