Central Venous Catheter (CVC)

Central venous catheters are temporary. 

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  • The Central Venous Catheter (CVC) goes in the chest.  It makes it possible to start dialysis right away.
  • CVCs are temporary for most people. ➀
  • It takes a lot of work to keep a CVC clean. ➀
  • CVCs become infected more often than other dialysis ports. ➁
  • People with a CVC spend 27 more days in the hospital per year than people with other dialysis ports. ➂
  • Check with a doctor or dialysis team to see if a different dialysis port is the right choice.



➀ Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 4: 456-460, 2009
➁ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2011
➂ Seminars in Dialysis, Vol 21(6), 528-38