We also admit and then place the line. I helped write our ELC policy and we included that the patient needed to have a CXR post placement. I am thinking that we got that from the manufacturer's IFU.......
Our biggest problem has been that the line is misidentified as a PICC. We now are 'flagging' the external portion of this device with a label that says, "Not to be used for infusion." I hope that takes care of that issue......
If this "extended LENGTH catheter" is not for infusion.....then for what type of therapy is it used??? I am not familiar with this device, I am certain others are confused by your comment of labeling ELC as "not to be used for infusion"
Can you provide a link to the manufacturer who makes this catheter please?
Is there BOTH an EXTENDED DWELL, and EXTENDED LENGTH catheters??? If so what is the difference?
I love this forum ...great place for new information!
Any Manufacturer reps who can comment please clarify for us!
Susan Schuetrumpf, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
There are ELCs placed specifically for use with ultrahemofiltration devices to treat diuretic-resistant CHF. I did a poster on this process a few years ago at AVA. The name of the company that sells ELCs is CHF Solutions.
Hallene E Utter, RN, BSN Intravenous Care, INC