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CVADs: Troubleshooting complications (4 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 4th module in a 5-part course on CVADs. This module provides a step-by-step guide to nursing interventions for complications arising out of CVADs.

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:

  • Discuss the main complications that arise for a person with a CVAD inserted.
  • Identify the risk factors for common complications.
  • Implement best practice techniques to avoid and minimise complications.
  • Identify complications when the arise.
  • Apply best practice interventions to safely resolve complications.

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