Vascular Access Devices
Some treatments and procedures require access to a person’s veins (bloodstream). The veins may be accessed through a cannula or ‘drip’ for their treatment. Generally, this cannula will be put in and taken out on the same day.
A longer-term vascular access device may be recommended for you by the treating team based on the type and duration of your planned treatment, as well as any other health conditions you have.
Some commonly used longer-term devices are:
If one of these devices is required your treating team will provide information, care instructions and support. It’s important to report any issues with redness, swelling, pain or other symptoms you may have.
Implanted devices require regular flushing to maintain patency, even when you're not on treatment. Speak to one of our friendly team to make sure you have an appointment.
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Content current as at 17 Feb 2020
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