A vascular access procedure inserts a flexible, sterile plastic tube (catheter) into a blood vessel to allow blood to be drawn from or medication to be delivered to a patient's bloodstream over an extended period.

They may be used for:

  • Intravenous (IV) antibiotic treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Long-term IV feeding
  • Blood transfusions

Vascular access spares patients the stress of repeated needle sticks and provides a painless way to draw blood or deliver medication.