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central venous catheter (CVC)

Also known as a central venous access device (CVAD). A line tube passed through the large veins of the arm, neck, chest or groin and into the central blood circulation. It may be used for taking samples of blood, giving intravenous fluids, blood, chemotherapy and other drugs without the need for repeated venepuncture.

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Last updated on April 17th, 2023

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