Central venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureCCentral venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureCentral venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN6.0000000000000074.0000000000000481.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This brochure is a guide on how to care for child at home after a CVL insertion procedure.</p><p>Your child has had a CVL insertion. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points </h2> <ul> <li>Keep the CVL and neck site dry at all times. </li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No major physical activity for two weeks. </li> <li>No swimming at any time. </li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Call your child's doctor, your community care nurse, the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986, or go to the nearest Emergency Department if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F) </li> <li>swelling or bleeding at the CVL site or neck </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the CVL site or neck </li> <li>difficulty breathing</li> <li>your child complains of a "funny feeling" in their heart</li> <li>irregular heartbeat, such as skipped beats, or a very fast heart rate </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2> At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986 during working hours, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic nurse at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986.</p>

 

 

Central venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure1236.00000000000Central venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureCentral venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureCEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN6.0000000000000074.0000000000000481.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This brochure is a guide on how to care for child at home after a CVL insertion procedure.</p><p>Your child has had a CVL insertion. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points </h2> <ul> <li>Keep the CVL and neck site dry at all times. </li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No major physical activity for two weeks. </li> <li>No swimming at any time. </li> </ul><h2>Bathing </h2> <p>Your child may shower or take a bath 24 hours after the CVL is inserted. However, it is important to keep the CVL and neck site dry. </p> <h2>Dressing Care </h2> <ul> <li>It is normal to see some dry blood on the dressings in the first 24 hours after insertion. There should be no bright red bleeding at the site of the CVL insertion. If there is, contact the Vascular Access Nurse or the Referring Service. </li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>A community care nurse will change the dressing weekly, or as often as needed. This should be arranged by your referring doctor before you leave the hospital. </li> <li>Do not remove the little stitch at the site of the CVL insertion. It will fall out on its own after a few weeks. </li> <li>The CVL line should not be kinked in any way. </li> <li>Do not wet the dressing. </li> </ul> <h2>Meals </h2> <p>If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure. </p> <h2>Pain relief </h2> <p>If needed, give your child <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> for pain. Do not give your child any medicines that will thin the blood, such as <a href="/Article?contentid=77&language=English">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a>, without checking with a nurse or your child's doctor first. </p> <h2>Activity </h2> <p>After the CVL insertion, your child will need to be quiet, stay home from school or day care, and avoid physical activity for the first 24 hours. Your child may return to school 24 hours after the CVL insertion with restricted activity. Your child should avoid all major activity or physical exertion for two full weeks, such as: </p> <ul> <li>contact sports </li> <li>gymnastics </li> <li>diving/swimming </li> <li>bicycle riding </li> <li>rollerblading </li> <li>hockey </li> <li>soccer </li> <li>skiing </li> <li>horseback riding </li> </ul> <p>In addition, the CVL should not be put under water, so this means no swimming at any time, and avoid using scissors near the CVL. </p><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Call your child's doctor, your community care nurse, the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986, or go to the nearest Emergency Department if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F) </li> <li>swelling or bleeding at the CVL site or neck </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the CVL site or neck </li> <li>difficulty breathing</li> <li>your child complains of a "funny feeling" in their heart</li> <li>irregular heartbeat, such as skipped beats, or a very fast heart rate </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2> At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986 during working hours, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic nurse at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/CVL_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/CVL_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpgCentral venous line (CVL) insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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