Vascular access refers to the insertion of a catheter device into a blood vessel to allow us to administer medications.
There are many different types of vascular access devices and many different reasons your child may require a vascular access procedure. These include vascular access for:
Your child's case will be individualized and a specific vascular access device will be chosen depending on their underlying condition and how long the vascular access will be needed for.
Some vascular access devices can be placed at the bedside in the ward, however most will need to be done in the operating theatre.
Examples of vascular access devices are Broviac or Hickman Lines, PICC Lines and Ports or Port-a-Cath devices