Central Line – Temporary

A temporary Central Line is a catheter placed in order to gain temporary access for dialysis or medication infusion. The catheter may be placed directly through the skin into the vein or threaded through a short tunnel under the skin before entering the vein.

How do I prepare for the exam?

If you are taking any blood thinners, diabetic medication or are allergic to contrast, please notify us when your exam is scheduled, as there are special instructions that go along with these conditions.

What can I expect during the exam?

The exam is conducted by a team of specially trained nurses who use ultrasound technology to assist them in proper placement of the line.

A numbing agent will be used at the insertion site. A needle will be inserted into the vein and a guide wire will be place through the needle and then a series of dilators will be used to make the opening in your skin large enough prior to inserting the catheter. The catheter will be positioned above the heart in the Superior Vena Cava vein. Sutures will hold the catheter in place on your skin.

The procedure will take approximately 30 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

Home instructions will be provided at the time of your exam. The insertion site will need to remain clean and dry for the duration of its use.

If the access site becomes inflamed, starts bleeding or the line does not work properly, please contact us at 217-788-3200. At the time of your exam, you will be provided with detailed instructions.