No, think about it this way. If there is no negative impact on the human body from any activity, then any catheter can also withstand that same activity. There is no metal left inside the patient with any CVC, but there could be metal attached to the catheter as some needleless connectors have a metal spring inside. This could possibily set off the security alarm but that would be about all that would happen.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861
i agree with Lynn and here is some of the specifics involved. The line by itself is not a problem. Keep in mind that gas expands at altitude above 5000 ft. Most commercial airlines fly at a cabin altitude of 8000-9000 ft. at 10000 ft we require suplimental oxygen. My bigger condern is if your pt would need to infuse durring that time. For example long term ambulitory infusions. Any pressure gradiant reliant system to include gravity would be affected by the expanding gas in the container and will increase your infusion rate. I have given countless infusions at altitude without any difficulties both emergent and not. A great refernece for you could be the the USAF School of Aerospace Med out of Brooks AFB in Tx.
Craig Farris RN, CRNI
Clinical Nurse liaison
Craig is right. I had not thought about actual infusion during flight time but this could impact the flow rate. Lynn