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Silastic Tunneled Catheter Repair

The "Vascular Access Team" at my hospital has taken over tunneled catheter repair.  We took this from a pediatric CNS and were taught that a catheter could only be repaired twice?  I can not find any recommendatoin from our manufacturer or published evidence.  If there is enough external catheter to repair can a catheter be repaired more than twice?

Shannon Reese, RN, VA-BC

Bear in mind that catheter

Bear in mind that catheter damage and the repair carries infection risk. Also please read the INS SOP on Catheter Damage in the Complicaiton section. There is no restriction to a number of times for a repair, however all repairs require a risk vs benefit analysis. Surgical ANTT is required for the procedure. More information found in that INS SOP. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

Thank you for that

Thank you for that information!!

Shannon Reese RN VA-BC

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