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<< Vascular Access in Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department: Types of Access, Indications, and Complications

Disposition

Prior to discharge from the ED, PIV catheters and IO needles are removed from the patient and a bandage applied to the area. There are very few circumstances that might require a patient to be discharged with a CVC that was placed in the ED. Prolonged parental antibiotic use is the most likely reason for discharge with a CVC (for infections such as chronic osteomyelitis, soft-tissue infections, or pneumonia).106

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