Central venous catheter - dressing changeCentral venous access device - dressing change; CVAD - dressing change
You have a central venous catheter. This is a tube that goes into a vein in your chest and ends at your heart. It helps carry nutrients or medicine into your body. It is also used to take blood when you need to have blood tests.
Dressings are special bandages that block germs and keep your catheter site dry and clean. This article describes how to change your dressing.
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