Central Venous Catheters: Managing Patient Access

Central Venous Catheters: Managing Patient Access

Course Expiration Date: 4/30/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description:  This course reviews how to properly manage central venous catheters and how to identify and troubleshoot common complications associated with central venous catheters.

Instructor: Toni Malpass RN, MSN ANE

Target Audience: Licensed nurses,  and any other interested healthcare professional

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Define Central Venous Catheter
  • List the Documentation components of : A dressing change and care, flushing procedure, heparinization of an implanted port, a Groshong catheter, blood sampling from a catheter,  blood Sampling from Implanted Port, Continuous Infusion, intermittent Infusion, PICC Care, and the removal of Catheter

  • Identify signs and symptoms of infection

  • Identify the symptoms of pneumothorax and hydrothorax

  • List the signs and symptoms of vena cava syndrome

  • Identify the symptoms of catheter malposition

  • Identify catheter thrombosis

  • List the interventions for cardiac tamponade

  • List the symptoms of cardiac tamponade

  • Describe interventions for embolism

  • List steps to prevent embolism

  • List signs and symptoms of air embolism

  • Identify predisposing factors

  • Describe what occurs with a venous air embolism

  • List the proper steps for blood sampling from a central line and port

  • List the proper steps for blood sampling from a central line

  • Identify when CVC flushing is to take place

  • Identify the steps of proper hub maintenance

  • List the documentation required after a dressing change is complete

  • State the benefits of semi-permeable dressings

  • List the purpose of the dressing change

  • Identify emergency nursing actions when complications arise

  • Identify potential complication from CVC insertion

  • Identify proper positioning of the patient for CVC insertion

  •  Identify the rationale for syringe sizes

  • Identify who is responsible for supplying informed consent

  •  Identify common problems with insertion of central lines.

  • Discuss the role they have in insertion of central lines.

  • Describe an implanted port catheter

  • Describe a tunneled catheter

  • Describe a non-tunneled catheter

  • Discuss how the CVC device is selected

  • Discuss why central lines are chosen for the patient

  •  Identify various types of central venous catheters

Length of Course: 60 minutes 

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive  1.0 contact hours.

AHEC: This program is approved for 0.1 CEUs (1.0 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards

Credit Statement: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test, complete the evaluation, and pass the live competency demonstration.

Once you pass the post-test, lab competency, and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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