Providing Optimal Care for Patients with Central Catheters

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



Central catheters can be confusing. To help clarify this important topic, this article compares the various types of central catheters and explains how to identify, care for, and maintain them. Although central catheters used in pediatric patients are similar to those used in adults, this article focuses on adults.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to provide nurses with information that will help them better care for patients with central lines.


At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
1. Differentiate types of central catheters.
2. Discuss how to maintain a central catheter.


Ann Earhart is a vascular and infusion clinical nurse specialist at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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: 1.46

Expiration Date: 5/1/2017

Pharmacology Hours: 0


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