You’ll be carefully monitored by nurses. They'll check the catheter insertion site, monitor your heart rhythm and basic vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse and breathing.

You’ll need to remain flat and immobile, usually for four hours, so a clot can form at the site of the catheter insertion.

Before discharge, you should be given specific instructions from your specialist, or the nurses looking after you, about issues such as wound care, medication changes and level of activity/lifting.

If you’re discharged that day, you won’t be able to drive after the sedation and will need someone to accompany you home. If this is difficult, please advise your doctor or hospital beforehand.

You’ll be given advice about follow-up care, and situations for which you should seek immediate medical attention. This may include symptoms such as chest pain, and bleeding, discharge or excessive pain from the insertion site.


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