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

Patient receiving total parenteral nutrition

Explanation

•A patient receiving total parenteral nutrition normally requires a central venous catheter. Peripheral venous catheters can only infuse fluids with up to 10% dextrose, greatly limiting the types of TPN formulas that may be administered.

Incorrect options:

•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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