A nurse is caring for a group of patients requiring I.V. medication administration. Which of the following patients is most suitable for a central venous catheter?

Patient receiving total parenteral nutrition


•A patient receiving total parenteral nutrition requires a central venous catheter. Peripheral venous catheters can only infuse fluids with less than 10% dextrose.

•Patients receiving blood products do not require central venous access.

•Although central venous access is preferred for the administration of vasopressors and potassium chloride, a peripheral catheter is acceptable.

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