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Wendy Erickson RN
Femoral Catheter Removal

We are in the process of revamping all of our central line policies/procedures and need some help on this one.  What is your practice for removing a femoral catheter - dialysis and non-dialysis?

1.  How long do you hold manual pressure at the site?  Do you use sandbags for a period of time after manual pressure?  If so, how long?

2.  How is the patient positioned during and after removal?

3.  Is the patient restricted to bedrest for a period of time?  If so, how long?

4.  Is the patient's activity restricted, such as walking, for a period of time?  If so, how long?


For removal of ANY central line, do you require the patient to lay flat for a period of time?  If so, how long?

Are you aware of any references that support your practice?

Thanks in advance!  Wendy