After the insertion of a central venous catheter, the nurse should:

Wait for x-ray confirmation of catheter placement


•Because cental venous lines increase the risk of pneumothorax, a chest x-ray is needed to confirm catheter location and the absence of a pneumothorax.

•The nurse should not infuse I.V. fluids or medications or remove the guide wire until catheter location has been confirmed by x-ray.

•Notifying the physician is unnecessary.

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