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We encourage early referral for a suitable vascular access device to improve patient experience, preserve vessel health/preservation and effectively facilitate IV therapy.
Please note : Vascular access is a nurse led service, not all patients are suitable for referral.
PERIPHERAL CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER (PICC) / MIDLINE Catheter
There is no restrictive exclusion criteria for PICC or midline catheter insertion. You may consider omitting low molecular weight heparin or correct low platelet levels in the unlikely event that a PICC / midline is unsuccessful and may require to be converted to a tunnelled line.
CUFFED TUNNELLED CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER (TCVC)
PATIENTS NOT SUITABLE FOR NURSE LED SERVICE
If patient has these symptoms please refer to interventional radiology service.
Patient Referral to the Vascular Access Service:
All patient referrals are made via TrakCare. Please follow the process below:
For insertion of TCVC - all patients must have a recent Coagulation (Coag) and Full Blood Count (FBC) (within 2 weeks provided they have received no treatment)