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Cancer treatment often involves receiving chemotherapy, medications, blood products, and fluids. These products are usually given through a needle inserted into a vein. Today, many cancer patients have a central line, which helps them receive medications
If you have a central line, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to care for it, and how to disconnect it from any medications you are getting at home. Knowing the correct procedures is essential to preventing infection.
There are many types of central lines. Each one has its own instructions for home care.
These information sheets offer helpful guidance on how to care for a central line catheter. However, they are not meant to take the place of conversations with members of your health care team about your treatment and effects you may experience during
and after the use of a central line. Please speak with your doctor or nurse if you have questions or experience problems with your central line catheter.
Watch a video demonstrating how to change the dressing on your Hickman catheter.
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Caring for Your Child's Central Line
This video series explains how a child's central line works and the key steps needed to keep the central line functioning properly.
Flushing Your Central Line CatheterLearn how to flush your tunneled catheter (or Hickman line) with saline. Daily saline flushes need to be performed to keep the line working properly. It’s important to know how to care for your central line properly to prevent an infection.
Clave ChangesLearn how to change a clave on your tunneled catheter (or Hickman line). Clave changes should be done weekly to keep your central line working properly and to prevent an infection.
How to Disconnect Your Pump and De-access Your Port at HomeLearn how to stop and turn off the pump at home, disconnect the pump tubing from your port tubing, flush your port tubing, and remove your port needle.