Are there other options for receiving IV treatments?
- Short IV catheters can be placed in the arm or hand. These require frequent changes and are not suitable for some solutions and medications.
- A central venous catheter can be inserted into a vein in the neck, upper chest or groin. This type of catheter is for short-term use (less than 2 weeks) and can only be used in the hospital.
- There are other permanent types of catheters (Hickman and ports) that are inserted in the operating room.