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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Recent Examples on the Web Suspecting someone may be contaminating the patient's IV lines, hospital staff began monitoring the teenager's room with video surveillance, and spotted the mother injecting a substance into his central line. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A mother was sentenced to 7 years in prison for injecting feces into her son's IV during cancer treatment," 27 Dec. 2019 By April 29, Jack’s third day in the I.C.U., the blood pressure medication was not helping enough and doctors began planning to insert a central line through his groin to deliver additional medications. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "‘Straight-Up Fire’ in His Veins: Teen Battles New Covid Syndrome," 17 May 2020 Without surgeries to perform, vascular surgeons placed central lines for IVs and blood draws. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "‘An honor and a privilege’: UCSF doctor reflects on month in NY at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic," 14 May 2020 Presently, the ministry is undertaking consultations with business chambers, civil society organisations, central line ministries, and state governments for finalising the NAP. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "Land rights are at the heart of India’s new push to make businesses socially responsible," 31 Mar. 2020 McCusker had questioned the suspension of assistance to Ukraine, a central line of inquiry in the president’s impeachment. BostonGlobe.com, "US announces troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as respite from violence ends," 2 Mar. 2020 The checklist proved its effectiveness over and over as hospitals in other states and countries used it successfully to address central line catheter infections and other procedures. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "The checklist’s beginnings: What led to Dr. Peter Pronovost’s ‘Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals'," 31 Jan. 2020 Along that central line, there would be a single CO2 pipeline. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal," 4 Feb. 2020 If the veins are in a condition that intravenous access cannot happen, the team will perform a central line procedure. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "This is how Alabama executes inmates: Court releases details on drugs, process," 17 Oct. 2019

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2020

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“Central line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20line. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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