central venous access catheter

Pronunciation: (SEN-trul VEE-nus AK-ses KA-theh-ter)

A thin, flexible tube that is inserted into a vein in the upper arm, thigh, or neck or below the collarbone. It is guided (threaded) into a large vein near the heart called the vena cava or into the right atrium of the heart. It is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, and chemotherapy and other drugs, and for taking blood samples. It avoids the need for repeated needle sticks.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Central venous catheter. A central venous catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is inserted into a vein, usually below the right collarbone, and guided (threaded) into a large vein above the right side of the heart called the superior vena cava. It is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and other drugs. The catheter is also used for taking blood samples. It may stay in place for weeks or months and helps avoid the need for repeated needle sticks.Catéter venoso central. Un catéter venoso central es un tubo delgado y flexible que se introduce en una vena, por lo general por debajo de la clavícula derecha, y guiado (insertado) hacia una vena grande sobre el lado derecho del corazón que se llama vena cava superior. Se utiliza para administrar líquidos intravenosos, transfusiones de sangre, quimioterapia y otros medicamentos. El catéter también se utiliza para tomar muestras de sangre. Puede permanecer en el lugar durante semanas o meses, y ayuda a evitar la necesidad de pinchazos repetidos. Date last modified: 2015-07-06