This course will review the best practices for the insertion, access and maintenance of central venous catheters (CVCs). The types of central venous catheters as well as their indication for use will be reviewed. The steps included in the CLABSI insertion bundle, catheter access and maintenance best practices and their relationship to the prevention of CLABSI will be discussed.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify the difference in indications for a centrally inserted central catheter and a peripherally inserted central catheter
- List 5 best practices that should be included in a CLABSI prevention insertion bundle
- List the appropriate steps for accessing the hub or needleless connector of a central venous catheter
- Identify the three situations when the CVC dressing should be changed
- List the steps for the proper procedure when changing a CVC dressing
This educational activity was developed for nurses.
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was authored by Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes RN, CRNI, VA-BC.
Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes has over 30 years of experience in vascular access practice in the ICU, home infusion, and vascular access specialty areas. She has been very involved in the professional organizations related to her practice including being past president of the Association for Vascular Access, and President of Bluegrass INS.