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Critical Care Medicine Department

Procedures, Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation (PVCS) Services

The Procedures, Vascular Access, and Conscious Sedation (PVCS) Services are staffed by critical care fellows and the Nursing Service and provides temporary vascular catheters to those patients requiring continuous vascular access for long periods of time.

The service places multilumen jugular, subclavian, and femoral vascular catheters as well as peripherally inserted central catheters. All catheters are placed using ultrasound guidance. This service also provides conscious sedation when necessary for procedures such as vascular access, bronchoscopy, and bone marrow biopsies.

Patient care providers may call (301) 451-0336 to make an appointment for their patients to have catheters placed.

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This page last updated on 02/02/2022

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