Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2021 Jul 2;82(7):1-2. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2020.0711. Epub 2021 Jul 20.
Central venous catheters are sited for a variety of reasons in the adult critically ill patient. There is clear guidance for indications and maintenance of central venous catheters, but there is no clear guidance on how long a central venous catheter should remain in situ. This article looks at evidence to answer this question.