Benefits, complications and maintenance of Midline catheters

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Montealegre Sanz M, Cubero Pérez MA. Beneficios, complicaciones y mantenimiento de los catéteres Midline. Metas Enferm may 2018; 21(4):23-7.


María Montealegre Sanz1, Mª Antonia Cubero Pérez2


1Enfermera. Doctora en cuidados de salud. Hospital Clínico San Carlos. Madrid2Enfermera. Experta universitaria en terapia intravenosa. Hospital Clínico San Carlos. Madrid

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María Montealegre Sanz. Oncología Médica. Hospital Clínico San Carlos. C/ Profesor Marín Lagos, s/n. 28002 Madrid.

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In the area of intravenous therapy, alternatives are being currently sought in order to cover the needs of patients, reducing as much as possible any secondary problems associated with the use of venous catheters. The medial or Midline Venous Catheter (MC) has become a safe and efficient device for the administration of intravenous treatment, as there are increasingly more vessel-compatible materials, which allow to prolong their use. However, there are certain limitations for their use with vesicant and irritant substances. These are long peripheral catheters which are inserted in peripheral arm veins: their tip remains lodged at axillary level, and their use is immediate. In order to ensure the long duration and adequate performance of these devices, nursing professionals must receive training in system care, and be aware that many potential problems will disappear with the correct implementation of protocols.


Midline Catheter; intravenous therapy; limitations of use; potential problems.

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Beneficios, complicaciones y mantenimiento de los catéteres Midline