Chapter 15. Removal of Central Venous Access Devices

  1. Helen Hamilton CBE, FRCN, RGN Independent nurse consultant2 and
  2. Andrew R. Bodenham FRCA Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine3
  1. Sarah Drewett Bsc, CMS, RGN Clinical Nurse Specialist

Published Online: 7 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch15

Central Venous Catheters

Central Venous Catheters

How to Cite

Drewett, S. (2009) Removal of Central Venous Access Devices, in Central Venous Catheters (eds H. Hamilton and A. R. Bodenham), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Intravenous therapy, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK

Author Information

  1. Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019948

Online ISBN: 9780470750186



  • removal of central venous catheters (CVCs);
  • mild mechanical phlebitis;
  • positioning and breathing during CVC removal;
  • removal – tunnelled, cuffed catheters;
  • subcutaneous Dacron cuff;
  • valve-tipped catheter;
  • incision site


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Assessment of patients before removal

  • Positioning and breathing during CVC removal

  • Basic principles for removal of any CVC

  • Complications of removal

  • Removal procedures

  • Conclusion

  • References