was that the wart hog or the other one?
A central catheter is non-tunneled or percutaneous, has up to 4 lumens and has a dwell time of usually less than a month. It can be placed in the femoral, jugular or subclavian veins.
A Groshong is one of several types of tunneled
lines, there is also a Hickman and Broviac. It is placed into a central vein, usually the subclavian and then the superior vena cava and subcutaneously tunneled to an exit site about 10cm from the insertion site.
It will also have a Dacron cuff about 2-3cm from the exit site to provide a barrier against microrganisms.
Any time a central line of any type is placed in the subcalvian or superior vena cava an x-ray must be done to confirm placement
Any other information should be readily available at any number of web sites, right now I am to tired to look one up for you.
And don't forget PICC lines, central implanted devices (MediPort), PAS Port, and Midline catheters. Almost forgot, there is also the Quinton cath.
We live in an age that if you order a pizza delivered to your house and call 911 at the same time to report a life or death situation....my money is on the pizza arriving first! Learn to protect yourself, become a wolf among the sheep!
[This message has been edited by haji (edited March 21, 2001).]