Recognizing, Preventing, and Troubleshooting Central-Line Complications

Ann Earhart, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI

 

Overview:

To promote positive outcomes, clinicians caring for patients with central lines must monitor carefully for signs and symptoms of complications. This article discusses potential complications—catheter occlusion, bleeding and hematoma, catheter-tip migration, catheter rupture, phlebitis and associated pain, swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), infection, and embolism. It also provides assessment, prevention, and troubleshooting tips for central lines.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to provide nurses with information on complications of central lines, including their causes, management, and prevention.


Objectives:

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
1. Describe at least five complications with central lines, along with their causes.
2. Discuss management of central-line complications.
3. Explain how to troubleshoot central-line patency problems.


Author:

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this continuing nursing education activity.


Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 10/31/2016

Pharmacology Hours: 0

 

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