Practical skills

How to remove a non-tunnelled central venous catheter

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2016
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module is aimed at helping nurses to undertake the removal of a non-tunnelled central venous catheter (CVC) in a safe and patient-centred manner. The signs and symptoms of potentially catastrophic air embolism are highlighted and the use of the Trendelenburg position and the Valsalva manoeuvre to avoid it is also discussed.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Lisa Dougherty, Nurse consultant IV therapy, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, England.


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