Venous Access:

Central Line Maintenance


Clinical Indications:


  • Transport of a patient with a central venous pressure line already in place




  • Prior to transportation, ensure the line is secure.
  • Medications and IV fluids may be administered through a central venous pressure line. Such infusions must be held while the central venous pressure is transduced to obtain a central venous pressure, but may be restarted afterwards.
  • Do not manipulate the central venous catheter.
  • If the central venous catheter becomes dysfunctional, does not allow drug administration, or becomes dislodged, contact medical control.
  • Document the time of any pressure measurements, the pressure obtained, and any medication administration in the patient care report (PCR).