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.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/30/2015.


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