central venous access catheter

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

A device used to draw blood and give treatments, including intravenous fluids, drugs, or blood transfusions. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into a vein, usually below the collarbone. It is guided (threaded) into a large vein above the right side of the heart called the superior vena cava. A needle is inserted into a port outside of the body to draw blood or give fluids. A central venous access catheter may stay in place for weeks or months and helps avoid the need for repeated needle sticks. There are several types of central venous access catheters.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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: 2015-10-12