After the insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter, the nurse should:


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

Incorrect options:

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

•Notifying the physician is unnecessary.

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