Femoral vein catheter placement
What is a femoral vein catheter?
A femoral vein catheter is a central line (central venous catheter) placed in the femoral vein in the pelvis (vena femoralis). A femoral vein catheter can be placed to allow for long-term and/or prolonged access to the blood vessels because you often need medication through IV, or because the medication needs to be administered over a longer period of time. Without a femoral vein catheter, this would require many IVs which could harden the veins, making them harder to puncture. This can make it harder and harder to find a vein, and it may make the IV placement or injections more painful over time.