Evid Based Nurs 15:119-120 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2011-100707
  • Health promotion
  • Qualitative – other

Nurse-led central venous catheter insertion: review of 760 procedures performed across three hospitals reveals a low rate of complications

  1. Linda J Kelly
  1. Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Linda J Kelly
    Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0JB, UK; linda.kelly{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Nurse-led central venous catheter (CVC) placement is a safe alternative to medical led CVC placement.

  • Nurse-led CVC services can potentially improve organisational efficiency and patient safety.

  • Training, education and adequate procedural volumes are all necessary to ensure optimal outcomes.

  • Larger international studies are required to identify the impact of nurse-led CVC services.


For many years, CVC insertion was the doctor's domain. However, CVC insertion by nurses began to evolve in the late 1990s. This role has continued to develop with the number of nurse-led vascular access services steadily increasing. The measurement of the effectiveness of nurse-led clinics should …

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