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CVADs: Dressing and needleless connector changes (3 of 5)

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Central venous access devices (often referred to as CVADs or central venous catheters, CVCs) are invasive devices used in hospital and community healthcare settings to deliver fluids, medication and parenteral nutrition, support frequent blood sampling and allow for the monitoring of central venous pressure.

This is the 3rd module in a 5-part course on CVADs. This module provides a step-by-step guide to wound assessment, wound and port care, and dressing selection.

It provides step-by-step guidance on how to perform a CVAD dressing and how to perform and needleless connector change.

This course is aimed at all nursing and midwifery practitioners who are involved in the care of people with a CVAD.

This course consists of 5 modules, and it is intended that participants complete the modules in order, moving from one to the next. The 5 modules are:

  1. CVADs: Uses, types, selection, and complications (1 of 5)
  2. CVADs: Post insertion maintenance (2 of 5)
  3. CVADs: Dressing and needleless connector changes (3 of 5)
  4. CVADs: Troubleshooting complications (4 of 5)
  5. CVADs: Safe removal (5 of 5)

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Assess a CVAD insertion site wound.
  • Select an appropriate dressing for a CVAD.
  • Safely apply an appropriate dressing for a CVAD.
  • Safely change a needleless connector.

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