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Catheter Management Education

Helping to Optimize Patient Care With Enhanced Catheter Learning

The Facts

As a nurse responsible for managing central lines, you are aware of the importance of keeping central lines functioning properly and reducing catheter complications.

  • 1 in 4 catheters may be occluded—about 58% of occlusions are thrombotic, and 42% are due to nonthrombotic causes1*
  • The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recommends flushing and aspirating for a blood return prior to each infusion to assess catheter function and prevent complications2
  • Catheter occlusions may lead to complications—potentially causing interruption of therapy, patient discomfort, and infections3
  • An estimated 30,100 central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occur in US acute care facilities each year4
  • The Joint Commission recommends implementing evidence-based practices in catheter management to help improve patient safety5

The consequences of inadequate catheter management may have a serious impact on patient care. Therefore it is important to keep central lines functioning properly. Replacing a dysfunctional CVAD is an expensive and, in many cases, invasive procedure with some inherent risk to the patient.6 Learning about best practices and proper catheter management techniques can help you provide optimal care for your patients.


Within this section of the site, you'll find innovative resources to advance your central line skills and help you deliver optimal care for your patients:

  • HealthStream® Interactive Modules
    An educational system designed to fit your needs and work setting with quick 5- to
    10-minute learning modules per topic.
  • CathMatters Resource Center
    A range of educational resources including catheter management curriculum, downloadable materials, and online video tutorials.

Based on 1 study of 200 occluded catheters.1