Unsupported Browser
The American College of Surgeons website is not compatible with Internet Explorer 11, IE 11. For the best experience please update your browser.
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
Home Skills

Central Lines Home Skills Program

The Central Lines Home Skills Kit supports patients with materials to practice the skills needed for management of their central lines.

You are an important member of the surgical team. We want to help prepare you and your family for full participation and the best recovery. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Central Lines Home Skills booklet was developed by members of your surgical team. This program will walk you through understanding your central line (CVAD), skills to manage your central line, problem solving, and home management tips as well as other resources.

Central Lines Skills: Introduction and Welcome
Central Lines Skills: Introduction and Welcome
Central Lines Skills: What is a CVAD
Central Lines Skills: What is a CVAD
Central Lines Skills: Types of CVAD
Central Lines Skills: Types of CVAD
Central Lines Skills: CVAD Insertion
Central Lines Skills: CVAD Insertion
Central Lines Skills: CVAD Equipment
Central Lines Skills: CVAD Equipment
Central Lines Skills: Flushing the Line
Central Lines Skills: Flushing the Line
Central Lines Skills: Giving Medication
Central Lines Skills: Giving Medication
Central Lines Skills: Needleless Connector Change
Central Lines Skills: Needleless Connector Change
Central Lines Skills: Changing the Dressing
Central Lines Skills: Changing the Dressing
Central Lines Skills: Giving Parenteral Nutrition
Central Lines Skills: Giving Parenteral Nutrition
Central Lines Skills: Problem Solving and Emergencies
Central Lines Skills: Problem Solving and Emergencies
Central Lines Skills: Knowledge Review
Central Lines Skills: Knowledge Review
Central Lines Skills: Conclusion
Central Lines Skills: Conclusion
About Your Central Line

Understanding Your CVAD

What is a CVAD?; Who needs a CVAD?; Understanding Your Circulatory System; Common Types of CVAD’s; CVAD Insertion; CVAD Equipment

Understanding Your CVAD

Problem Solving

Blockage of the CVAD; Blood Clot; Infection; Catheter Tip Movement or Accidental Removal; Catheter Breaks; Air in the Line

Problem Solving

Home Management and Other Resources

Bathing; Activity and Exercise; Returning to Work; Traveling; Dressing; Antibiotics and Dental Procedures

Home Management and Other Resources

Glossary

Skill to Manage Your CVAD
ACS Patient Tools
Organizations with Additional Resources
Program Credits
Order Central Lines Products