Vascular access

Vascular access refers to the insertion of a catheter into a blood vessel (usually a vein).

Some of the most common reasons for vascular access include:

  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • Chemotherapy
  • Venous access in chronically ill children ( frequent blood sampling and medication)
  • Emergency access in the case of trauma
  • Critical-care monitoring

Venous access may be required short, medium or long term. For long term venous access implantable catheters and ports are often required. Implantable devices are usually inserted / removed under general anaesthesia whilst short term catheters can be done at the bedside.


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