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Temporary Central Venous Line for Pediatric Patients

This information will help you care for your temporary central venous line. For the rest of this resource, our use of the word “you” and “your” refers to you or your child.

Caring For Your Central Line

A bandage will cover your chest where the central line exits your body. Do not remove your bandage. At first, your nurse will change your dressing. Your nurse will then teach you, a family member or friend how to care for your central line site.

Keep your bandage and central line dry. You may take a sponge bath as long as your central line and bandage do not get wet. Your nurse will teach you how to apply Aquagard® to keep your central line and bandage dry. Do not go swimming

Your central line will need to be flushed twice a week when it's not in use. This is to keep the line from becoming clogged. Our nurses will teach you, your parents, or your family members how to do this. You will receive written instructions during that appointment.

Common Questions

  • Will my central line set off a metal detector?
  • Can I go in an MRI scanner with a central line?
    Yes. The central line contains no metal and is safe for MRI scanners.