What Is a CVAC?

A central venous access catheter (CVAC) is a tube that is inserted beneath your skin into a deep vein, creating a simple, pain-free way for doctors and nurses to draw your blood or give you medication and nutrients. When you have a CVAC, you are spared the irritation and discomfort of repeated needlesticks.

More than 3.4 million CVACs are placed each year, and doctors increasingly recommend their use. There are several types of CVACs, including tunneled catheters (Hickman or Broviac), peripherally inserted central catheters (also called PICC lines or long lines), dialysis catheters and implantable ports.

Why Are CVACs Used?
Doctors often recommend CVACs for patients who regularly receive:

  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Infusions of antibiotics or other medications
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Hemodialysis

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