Central Line Care

Caring for your central line can be overwhelming. There are many different types of central lines, and the care can vary depending on the line. Below you will find links to information about the different types of central lines and their care, as well as videos which explain how to safely care for your central line at home.

Please note: these videos only cover the types of central lines placed at Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Central Venous Catheters (placed in the chest)

Tunneled central venous catheters (CVC) are thin, flexible tubes (catheters) placed in a large vein. They deliver fluids and medicine into the vein and make it easy to get blood samples. The catheter enters through the chest wall and tunnels under the skin to a large vein near your heart. An anchoring cuff holds the catheter in place. A tunneled catheter can have more than one line and have clamps. Different companies make them, so they may look different than the one shown here, which is a Bard Power Hickman. CVC's are flushed with heparin or citrate to keep them from clotting, unless your care team says otherwise.

CVC – End Cap Change


CVC – Flushing the CVC



CVC – Bandage Change


Documents


Your Central Venous Catheter

Caring for your CVC at home

Changing the End Cap

Flushing the Line with Heparin, Saline or Citrate

Changing Your Bandage

Handwashing and Skin Care

Valved PICC Lines (placed inside arm)

Valved peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) are thin, flexible tubes (catheters) placed in a large vein. They deliver fluids and medicine into the vein and make it easy to get blood samples. The catheter enters a large vein at or above the bend of your elbow, and is threaded through the vein until the tip reaches another large vein in your chest. Valved PICCs may have more than one line and do not have clamps. Different companies make them, so they may look different than the one shown here, which is a Bard Power PICC Solo. Valved PICCs are flushed with normal saline to keep them from clotting, unless your care team says otherwise.

PICC Valved – End Cap Change


PICC Valved – Flushing the PICC


Documents

Getting Ready for Your PICC

Caring for Your PICC at Home

Changing the End Cap

Flushing the Line with Heparin, Saline or Citrate

Handwashing and Skin Care

Non-Valved PICC Lines (placed inside arm)

Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) are thin, flexible tubes (catheters) placed in a large vein. They deliver fluids and medicine into the vein and make it easy to get blood samples. The catheter enters a large vein at or above the bend of your elbow, and is threaded through the vein until the tip reaches another large vein in your chest. PICCs may have more than one line and have clamps. Different companies make them, so they may look different than the one shown here, which is a Bard Power PICC. PICCs are flushed with heparin or citrate to keep them from clotting, unless your care team says otherwise.

PICC Non Valved - End Cap Change



PICC Non Valved – Flushing the PICC 


Documents

Getting Ready for Your PICC

Caring for Your PICC at Home

Changing the End Cap

Flushing the Line with Heparin, Saline or Citrate

Handwashing and Skin Care