Central Venous Access Devices (CVADs) are medical devices which are placed in a large vein. They are usually sited in the neck, upper chest or arm. CVADs are used to provide access to give medication and treatment to patients, either in hospital or sometimes at home. Because these devices break the integrity of the skin, there is a risk that an infection may enter the blood stream.
It has been nationally recognised that standardised procedures and equipment, along with staff training in insertion and maintenance minimises the risk of infections and other complications related to these devices. The procedures outlined in the Department of Health’s Saving Lives document (www.clean-safe-care.nhs.uk) have been adopted across the Trust, with positive results.
Working within the Acute Care Team are seven Clinical Support workers who provide a Midline and cannulation service, and a Vascular Access Clinical Nurse Specialist who provides a Midline and PICC service, and a weekly Consultant led clinic for tunnelled line insertion. We aim to facilitate appropriate and timely treatment to be commenced, and ongoing support and advice.
Information For Patients
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)
Information for staffTo locate all training and assessment documents, please follow this link (only available from Trust PCs)
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