central line


Definition of central line

: an IV line that is inserted into a large vein (such as the superior vena cava) typically in the neck or near the heart for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes (as to administer medicines or fluids or withdraw blood) Central lines transfuse IV fluids faster than standard IVs and are used to deliver medicines to sicker patients, usually in the intensive care unit or operating room.— Tim Friend

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And Pompeo's past comments on Russia, which have often echoed his boss's less-critical take, are also certain to be a central line of questioning for Republicans and Democrats alike during any future hearings. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Trump fires Rex Tillerson, selects Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State," 13 Mar. 2018 Today kalea must have a CT scan to plan for her radiation, and get her central line (port a cath) placed. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too.," 7 July 2018 This is a central line catheter which allows for long-term access to blood and for chemotherapy drugs to be fed directly into her. Anna Roberts, Fox News, "Mom blames self after newborn is diagnosed with cancer," 22 May 2018 Moore said Sherman's improvements have included having no patients develop central line or urinary tract infections in 12 to 15 months after admission and a significant decrease in surgical site infections. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Advocate Sherman in Elgin cracks '100 Top Hospitals' list," 10 Mar. 2018 On March 6, 2015, after Nora's ostomy and central line were removed, we were discharged and headed home for the very first time. Lauren Levy, Good Housekeeping, "An Unthinkable Medical Mistake Left Our Daughter with a Severe Brain Injury," 2 Mar. 2018 The conditions Medicare considers include rates of infections from colon surgeries, hysterectomies, urinary tract catheters and central line tubes inserted into veins. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "Half Of Hospitals In Conn., Del. Hit By Medicare’s Safety Penalties," 5 Jan. 2018 When that failed, Harcourt said in court papers, the IV team tried to place what's known as a central line into a larger vein. Tracy Connor, NBC News, "Lawyer calls aborted execution attempt for Doyle Lee Hamm ‘torture’," 25 Feb. 2018 Patients with central lines are now bathed daily with single-use sterile wipes adjacent to the line and on surrounding areas and limbs. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Report: Some hospital infection rates too high," 3 Feb. 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of central line

: an IV line that is inserted into a large vein (as the superior vena cava) typically in the neck or near the heart for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes (as to administer medicines or fluids or withdraw blood) I had trained in the intensive care unit. I could start a central line, intubate a patient in respiratory failure, and insert a pacemaker.— Margaret Seton, The New England Journal of Medicine, 29 Sept. 2011

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