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How to Care for your Midline Catheter

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What do I need to know about how to care for a midline catheter?

A midline catheter can be kept in place for up to 30 days. You will need to care for the catheter, and for the skin around the catheter site. Proper care is important to prevent damage to the catheter, and to prevent infections.

Midline Catheter

What can I do to prevent an infection?

The area around your catheter may get infected, or you may get an infection in your bloodstream. A bloodstream infection is called a catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI). A CRBSI is caused by bacteria getting into your bloodstream through your catheter. This can lead to severe illness. The following are ways you can help prevent an infection:

How do I change the dressing and clean the area?

Change the dressing every 3 to 7 days, or as directed. Change the dressing any time it becomes wet, dirty, or moves out of place. Always change the bandage in a clean area that is free of dust. Check your skin every day for signs of infection, such as pain, redness, swelling, and oozing.

How do I care for the caps and tubing?

Change the caps every 3 to 7 days, or as directed.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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