Central Line – Permanent

A permanent central line is a tunneled catheter placed in order to gain venous or dialysis access. It is also referred to as an Infus-a-port.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.

Most patients are admitted through the Admissions and Testing Unit about two hours prior to test time. After you check in, Admissions and Testing staff will prep you for your exam, including checking vital signs, taking any needed laboratory tests, and starting an IV if necessary.

If you are taking any blood thinners, diabetic meds or are allergic to contrast, please notify us at time of scheduling, as there are special instructions that go along with these conditions.

What can I expect during the exam?

The exam is conducted by an interventional radiologist, a specially trained interventional radiology technologist and a nurse.

You will lie on an exam table, and a nurse will place you on a monitor. Some patients will receive sedation, depending on the procedure and patient condition. The access point will be shaved, sterilely cleaned and draped.

A numbing agent will be used at the insertion site. A needle will be inserted into the vein and a guide wire will be placed through the needle. A series of dilators will be used to make the opening in your skin large enough prior to insert the catheter. The catheter will be tunneled under your skin. Some patients feel pressure during the dilating and tunneling portion of the procedure.

What can I expect after the exam?

After the procedure, you will return to the Admission and Testing unit for bed rest and monitoring for approximately two hours.

Please arrange for a ride home after you are discharged, as you cannot drive for 24 hours after the exam.

If the access site becomes inflamed, starts bleeding or the catheter does not work properly, please contact us at 217-788-3254. At the time of your exam, you will be provided with detailed instructions.