Central Lines: Patient Safety Considerations. Reviewed & Updated By Tom DiDonna And Rob Bennington December 2011. CENTRAL LINES. A Central line is an IV whose catheter tip resides in central circulation where the veins are large and the blood flow rate is high
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Reviewed & Updated
By Tom DiDonna
And Rob Bennington
– Peripherally Inserted Central IV Catheter
Place an occlusive sterile dressing
**Do Not Use Gauze or Antibiotic Ointment
External catheter length is determined by counting the centimeter dots visible on the catheter from the insertion site to the zero mark.
Phlebitis Scale - Clinical Criteria Notify Infection Control and physician for grade > 2
0 No symptoms.
1 Erythema at access site with or without pain.
2 Pain at access site with erythema and/or edema.
3 Pain at access site with erythema and/or edema, streak formation, palpable venous cord.
4 Pain at access site with erythema and/or edema,
streak formation, palpable venous cord >1 inch in length, purulent drainage.