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Central Lines Home Skills Program

You are an important member of the surgical team. We want to help prepare you and your family for full participation and the best recovery. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Central Lines Home Skills booklet was developed by members of your surgical team. This program will walk you through understanding your central line (CVAD), skills to manage your central line, problem solving, and home management tips as well as other resources.

About Your CVAD

Understanding Your CVAD
What is a CVAD?; Who needs a CVAD?; Understanding Your Circulatory System; Common Types of CVAD’s; CVAD Insertion; CVAD Equipment

Problem Solving
Blockage of the CVAD; Blood Clot; Infection; Catheter Tip Movement or Accidental Removal; Catheter Breaks; Air in the Line

Home Management and Other Resources
Bathing; Activity and Exercise; Returning to Work; Traveling; Dressing; Antibiotics and Dental Procedures


Skill to Manage Your CVAD
CVAD Home Skills Videos

ACS Patient Tools
Additional Resources
Professional Resources

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