Hemodialysis-central venous catheter (HD-CVC) insertion is a most often performed procedure, with approximately 80% of patients with end-stage kidney disease in the United States initiating kidney replacement therapy through a HD-CVC. Certain adverse events arising from HD-CVC placement, including catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs), thrombosis, and central vein stenosis, can complicate the clinical course of patients and lead to considerable financial impact on the health care system. Medical professionals with different training backgrounds are responsible for performing this procedure, and therefore, comprehensive operator guidelines are crucial to improve the success rate of HD-CVC insertion and prevent complications. In this review article, we not only discuss the basic principles behind the use of HD-CVCs but also address frequently asked questions and myths regarding catheter asepsis, length selection, tip positioning, and flow rate assessment.Reference:
Sohail MA, Vachharajani TJ, Anvari E. Central Venous Catheters for Hemodialysis-the Myth and the Evidence. Kidney Int Rep. 2021 Oct 11;6(12):2958-2968. doi: 10.1016/j.ekir.2021.09.009. PMID: 34901568; PMCID: PMC8640568.