Central Venous Catheters
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This book addresses all the issues a patient may experience prior to receiving a VAD. Selection of equipment, practical aspects of technique, the pros and cons of the various veins, and modifications of technique for certain circumstances are examined. Covereage also includes the roles played by radiologists, anaesthetists, surgeons, nurses, and other team memebers. Throughout the chapters a reference is made to the IV Therapy Standards published by the Royal College of Nursing IV Therapy Forum in 2003. Each chapter is evidence based and fully referenced.


Helen Hamilton, Clinical Director, Department of Parenteral Nutrition and Vascular Access, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, Headington. Oxford.


Chapter 1: The History of Central Venous Access.

Chapter 2: Applied anatomy of the central veins.

Chapter 3: Patient Examination and assessment: choice of devices.

Chapter 4: Catheter design and materials.

Chapter 5: Cannulation of the Jugular Veins.

Chapter 6: Practical Venous Access via the Femoral Vein.

Chapter 7: Central venous access via the subclavian and axillary veins.

Chapter 8: Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters.

Chapter 9: Ultrasound Guided Venous Access.

Chapter 10: The role of diagnostic and interventional radiology in the placement and management of central venous catheters.

Chapter 11: Problems and Practical Solutions during Insertion of Catheters.

Chapter 12: Complications of central venous access.

Chapter 13: The Pathogenisis and Prevention of Intravascular Catheter Related Infections.

Chapter 14: Aftercare and Management of Central Venous Access Devices.

Chapter 15: Removal of central venous access devices.