You may find that you can just take a pill and then go about your daily activities. Sometimes, your doctor might need to inject drugs or fluids right into your veins.
You will likely be able to get an intravenous tube (IV) if you only require it for a few hours, such as when you are recovering from surgery. It is about one inch in length and thin. It is inserted into your arm or hand. If you require care for a longer period of time, you may be eligible to receive a central venous catheter. It is also known as a central line.
CVC is a similar thin tube to a regular IV, but it is much longer. The CVC is usually inserted into large veins in the arm or chest.
Why would I need one?
CVCs can be kept in place for up to a year, depending on their type. This can make long-term care much easier.
You can damage your veins if you keep getting needles or an IV repeatedly. You can also get stuck with needles all the time. You might also feel the IV stinging if you are taking a lot of medication. A bag valve mask is also used in these cases. But these problems can be avoided with a CVC.
It may be used by your doctor to provide medicine for pain, infection, or other conditions such as heart disease, cancer, or heart problems. You can use them to take samples for testing and to give you fluids and nutrients.
If you have a CVC, you may be able to get one.
There are many blood tests
Antibiotics for long-term infections
Self-treatment at home
There are many types of CVCs. There are many factors that will influence which CVC you choose.
It's what you really need?
How long it will last?
It's where it goes in your body
You would discuss this with your doctor. These are just two types.
The PICC (peripherally implanted central catheter) line runs from your arm to a large vein close to your heart. One or two tubes (called lumens) may be found at the other end of the line. They stick out from your arm just above you elbow. This is where the medicine goes.
First, you will be given medicine to relieve any pain. Your doctor will then insert the tube using a needle. To guide the tube into its place, they will use ultrasound of fluoroscopy (similar to a live Xray).
The doctor will then take out the needle and place a bandage (or a dressing) over the site where the PICC was placed. This helps to prevent infection.
Flushing your PICC line is necessary and you will need to change the dressing frequently. This will be done by a nurse.
Implanted ports are also known as thin tubes with one or more discs at one end. It is completely under your skin with no discs. It is usually found in the chest, right under your collarbone.
Your doctor will insert a needle into your skin to treat you. You can apply a cream that will numb the area where your doctor has placed the needle to prevent you from feeling any pain.
A minor operation is required to get a port. Although you will be awake, you'll receive drugs to ease pain and relax.
The doctor will make two small cuts and then slide the tube into a vein until it reaches your heart. They then place the port's disc end into a pocket in between the cuts. The doctor will close both cuts using special glue or stitches.
You'll only have a slight bump at the location of the disc when you're done. Ports are completely under your skin so they don't restrict day-to-day activities in the same way as other CVCs.
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