7 Different Types of Central Venous Catheters

The first step of central venous catheter placement is confirming the patient actually needs a central venous catheter and consents to the procedure. Once you know that your patient needs a central line, the question quickly becomes which catheter meets the needs of the patient? The Major Types of Central Venous Catheters As a nurse,… Continue reading 7 Different Types of Central Venous Catheters

Why you dry thread your IVs and angiocatheters

If you have ever tried to place an IV or use an angiocatheter to access the vein for a central line, you familiar with the experience of a “dry thread.” A “dry thread” is the experience of getting a flash confirming that you are in the vein, but the catheter is placed What is a… Continue reading Why you dry thread your IVs and angiocatheters

Central Line Placement: The Steel Needle vs Angiocatheter Debates

Central line placement is as standardized of a procedure as you can find in healthcare. No matter the city or hospital, the steps are exactly the same without much debate except for the great divide; using a steel needle vs angiocatheter to access the vein. If you are getting into a debate, it is important… Continue reading Central Line Placement: The Steel Needle vs Angiocatheter Debates

Central Line Placement: Ultrasound Vs Manometry

Central line placement is a very safe procedure in experienced hands. However, each year a new group of medical trainees arrives and needs to be quickly educated about how to perform safe central line placement. If you are a trainee looking to learn safe central line placement, there are two key techniques for safe central… Continue reading Central Line Placement: Ultrasound Vs Manometry