DEVICE SAFETY: Light can wreak havoc on CVCs

April 2006 
Volume 36  Number 4
Pages 26 - 26
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A CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER (CVC) was successfully placed in an infant through the femoral vein. Less than 24 hours later, the catheter had broken, and a portion of it remained inside the infant's vascular system. After it was removed, a second CVC was inserted. Within minutes, it also broke for no apparent reason. The patient required additional intervention to retrieve the second catheter segment, which was also hard and brittle.

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