Venous access is an interventional radiology procedure that allows your child's healthcare team to administer medicine or other fluids through an IV line, eliminating the need for frequent needle punctures.
This procedure requires placing a catheter (small tube) in a vein—typically in your child's arm. There are different types of catheters. Some may be used for a few days while others may remain in place for weeks or months. Types of catheters used for venous access include:
Venous access may be an inpatient or outpatient procedure. The process includes the following steps:
Sometimes a child may experience bleeding or swelling where the interventional radiologist inserted the central line. Rarely, infection can happen, which is treated with antibiotics. Any catheter can cause irregular heartbeat if it is placed too close to the heart. This problem can be corrected by repositioning the catheter.
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