Intravenous literature: Kramer, N., Doellman, D., Curley, M. and Wall, J. (2013) Central Vascular Access Device Guidelines for Pediatric Home-Based Patients: Driving Best Practices. The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access. 18(2), p.103-113.
Central vascular access device (CVAD) care for infants and children in home settings is challenging due to small catheter sizes, patient activity, and variation in care and maintenance practices. CVADs require detailed care to prevent complications and unnecessary line replacement. Guidelines that address CVAD care and maintenance for pediatric home-based patients do not exist. This article reviews evidence-based central venous catheter maintenance practices for pediatric home care patients.