DOUBLE LUMEN WITH DRESSING ADULT
A double lumen catheter is typically used for medical purposes, and its use in adults may vary depending on the specific medical condition and requirements. Double lumen catheters have two separate lumens or channels within a single catheter, allowing for various medical procedures or treatments. Here are some common uses of double lumen catheters in adults:
- Hemodialysis: Double lumen catheters are frequently used for temporary vascular access in patients who require hemodialysis. One lumen is used for blood withdrawal (arterial access), while the other lumen returns the cleaned blood back to the patient’s circulation (venous access). This type of catheter is commonly referred to as a hemodialysis catheter.
- Central Venous Catheterization: Double lumen catheters can be used for central venous catheterization to provide access for various medical treatments, such as administering intravenous medications, parenteral nutrition, and frequent blood draws. One lumen is typically used for medication or fluid infusion, while the other may be used for monitoring central venous pressure or drawing blood.
- Temporary Access in Critical Care: In critical care situations, double lumen catheters may be used for temporary vascular access to deliver medications, fluids, or blood products. They can also be used for monitoring purposes in critically ill patients.
- Pulmonary Artery Catheterization: Double lumen catheters can be used for pulmonary artery catheterization to monitor cardiac function and hemodynamics in patients with severe heart or lung conditions. One lumen is advanced into the pulmonary artery to measure pressures, while the other lumen is used for balloon inflation and deflation.
- Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy: In some cases, double lumen catheters are used to perform thrombolysis (dissolving blood clots) or thrombectomy (removing blood clots) directly from the vascular system, particularly in cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism.
- Contrast Media Injection: Double lumen catheters with additional side ports are used for contrast media injection during imaging procedures, such as angiography, to visualize blood vessels and diagnose vascular conditions.