Infusion Catheter (Vascular)

What is an Infusion Catheter?

An Infusion Catheter is a medical device used to insert fluids or medications into a patient's vascular system. It is commonly used to provide medications, nutrition, chemotherapy, and other substances to the patient's body. The catheter is inserted into the patient's vein via a small incision or puncture, and can then deliver the desired substances directly into the patient's bloodstream.

Uses of Infusion Catheter

  • Administering medications, fluids, or nutrition
  • Delivering chemotherapy
  • Injecting contrast media into veins for diagnostics.
  • Treatment of vascular conditions

Types of Infusion Catheters

Infusion Catheters can be classified into a variety of types, based on their intended use:

  • Central Venous Catheters - These catheters are inserted through the veins of the neck, chest, or abdomen. They are often used to administer chemotherapy, nutrition, antibiotics, and other substances.
  • Peripheral Catheters - These catheters are inserted through peripheral veins, such as the leg or arm. They are primarily used for administration of medications or fluids to treat dehydration or other conditions.
  • Dialysis Catheters - These catheters are inserted into the bloodstream through the veins of the neck, chest, or abdomen. They are used to deliver dialysis to the patient in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Insulin Injection Catheters - These catheters are designed for injection of insulin directly into the bloodstream. They are often used to treat type 1 diabetes.

Advantages of Infusion Catheter

  • Direct administration of medication, fluids, and other substances into the patient's bloodstream
  • Reduced risk of infection, as the device is less invasive than other methods
  • Advanced treatments and therapies can be administered more quickly and safely
  • Easily adjusted dosage levels
  • Provides a continuous flow of medication or fluid to the patient