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Vascular Center

 

Venous Access Procedures

Certain medical conditions or diseases are more easily treated by placing a tube (similar to an IV) called a central venous access catheter (CVAC) into a blood vessel. This allows patients to receive medications or nutrients directly into the blood stream, and allows blood to be drawn without the discomfort of repeated needlesticks. 

There are many types of central venous access catheters including tunneled catheters (Hickman or Broviac), peripherally inserted catheters (also called PICC lines), dialysis catheters, and implantable ports.

Doctors often recommend central venous access catheters for patients who frequently have chemotherapy treatments, medications such as antibiotics through an IV, nutritional supplements, and hemodialysis.

 
 
 
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