Placing the catheter
After your catheter is placed, your health care team will lower your risk of infection by washing the skin at the IV site with a germ-killing (antiseptic) solution.
Doing the infusion
If you have an implanted port, PICC, non-tunneled, or tunneled catheter, your health care team may leave the catheter in place. This depends on your treatment, your medical condition, and what type of catheter you have.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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