Don’t leave in place any type of venous catheter (central; peripheral; short, medium or long term) if the problem for which it was set is no longer present.

Type of practice

Other health practices

Topic Area


Often in daily practice, vascular devices are left in place only for the likelihood that once removed they can be necessary again. The main guidelines indicate that in order to prevent and reduce complications (infections, phlebitis, thrombosis) a venous catheter should be removed as soon as possible, unless the signs that induced its placement are lasting.


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