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About Your Procedure

Your Vascular Access Nurse Specialist will discuss your procedure and vascular access options with you, your physician and treatment team. Our goal is to advocate for the appropriate Intravenous Access (IV) at the right time. This will reduce the number of needle pokes during your hospital stay and duration of therapy. Using ultrasound the vascular access nurse will assess your vein anatomy and review your vascular access history (how often and what type of venous access procedures you have required).

Peripheral IV placements, including Midline IV’s do not require anesthetic. You might expect the procedure to feel the same as having your blood drawn. With the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) or Central lines, a local anesthetic will be placed at the insertion site to minimize discomfort. No general anesthesia is required and the procedure is done in the comfort of your hospital room or treatment area.

A drape or barrier is used to minimize risk of infection. Central lines and PICC line placements may require the additional use of x-ray to confirm the line placement. This is also performed in your hospital room or treatment area, if needed. We use ECG Technology when placing PICC lines which eliminates the need for a chest x-ray over 70% of the time.

The risks associated with any venous access placement include bleeding, blood clot (deep vein thrombosis), and infection. Additional risks may be associated with central line placement and as well as PICC insertions, therefore we carefully assess your vascular access needs with your treatment team to determine the least invasive device to meet your treatment needs and duration of therapy. Your nurse and physician will discuss the risks and benefits with you.

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Aftercare for any venous access device starts by using good hand hygiene to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Keep the dressing clean, dry and secure.
  • Don’t try to change the dressing by yourself, instead secure the dressing with additional tape or wrap if the dressing becomes loose.
  • Your nurse should re-apply a sterile dressing.
  • You are not limited in using the arm which has the venous access device while in place.
  • There are generally no restrictions to your daily activities. However avoid sports or lifting > 10lbs.
  • Ask your Physician or nurse about showering with the IV in place. In most cases, you may shower as long as the insertion site is wrapped with a waterproof barrier. Avoid direct water spray.
  • Do not go swimming or submerge your arm in water while the device is in place.

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Billing & Insurance

You will be billed by the hospital or healthcare facility that is treating you at the time your intravenous access device (IV) is placed. Vascular Access services are covered by most/all insurance companies.

Services provided by our team cost less than those provided in the radiology department or when placed by a physician. In the majority of cases, the intravenous line is placed without the need for transport to the radiology department, use of x-ray or need for ancillary staff.

Your nurse or social worker may assist you in determining services covered by your insurance company.

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