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How to remove a non-tunnelled central venous catheter

Author: Lisa Dougherty

Duration: 1 hour Last updated: 2023 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

Update your knowledge and skills in how to remove a non-tunnelled central venous catheters (CVC).

Learning aims and intended outcomes

After reading this module, you should be able to:

  • List the preparatory steps and equipment required for removal of a non-tunnelled CVC
  • Demonstrate a standardised approach that allows practitioners to undertake removal of a non-tunnelled CVC in a safe, effective and patient-centred manner
  • Identify the potential risks involved in this procedure and two conditions for air embolism formation
  • Identify the nursing interventions used to prevent or minimise complications when caring for a patient with a non-tunnelled CVC and when removing it


  • What do you know?
  • Preparation and equipment
  • Procedure
  • Evidence base
  • What have you learned?
  • Reflective practice


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


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


  • What do you know?
  • Preparation and equipment
  • Procedure
  • Evidence base
  • What have you learned?
  • Reflective practice

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