Posted: October 17th, 2017

Surgeon inserts a Hickman central catheter device

What is the purpose of “tunneling” (inserting the catheter 2-4 inches under the skin) when the surgeon inserts a Hickman central catheter device? Tunneling:

A. Increases the patient’s comfort level.
B. Decreases the risk of infection.
C. Prevents the patient’s clothes from having contact with the catheter
D. Makes the catheter less visible to other people.

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