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Complications of Central Lines
Complications of using central lines are
Pneumothorax (for central lines placed in the chest) - this is why doctors routinely order a chest X-ray (CXR) after insertion of a subclavian or internal jugular line.
Infection - All catheters can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, but CVCs are known for occasionally causing Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis sepsis. Patients with a central line and fever with no obvious cause of the fever may have catheter-related sepsis.
Lines are removed when no longer required, or removed routinely every seven days to reduce the risk of infection. If a patient develops a temperature unexpectedly, the central lines are changed immediately.
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