There are all kinds of ways in which treatments are given to patients. In some situations a central line might be required to administer drugs to the person involved. This can happen if the patient has cancer and requires chemotherapy to be given in this way.
A central line goes straight into a vein and is commonly inserted in the chest. Since the line goes in far deeper than a regular needle would, this procedure is done under anaesthetic.
Why might someone need a central line inserted?
Cancer patients often have one but there are other situations in which these lines are used. For example if fairly regular blood samples are required from a patient this may be done via a central line. Other examples include situations where regular treatment is needed via injection or a similar means. In some cases patients suffer regularly from collapsed veins. In this situation the best solution might be to insert one of these lines.
How common is a central line-associated bloodstream infection?
If proper care and attention is given to the procedure and to keeping the site clean, there are minimal risks for a central line-associated bloodstream infection. However since the line goes directly into a major vein, usually by the heart, there is the potential for complications to occur in a central line-associated bloodstream infection sets in.
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