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To determine eligibility and qualification criteria for placing centrally-inserted central lines, the healthcare professional must collaborate with the appropriate regulatory body governing their practice (i.e., the relevant State Board of Nursing for registered nurses).

In some states, the website of the regulatory body may have a “decision tree” document to aid the clinician in determining their scope of practice. If no “decision tree” document is available, the clinician may need to contact their regulatory body for additional information. Click here for links to each state’s board of nursing.

Helpful Tips
In some states, the clinician may have to prepare a letter of explanation to be sent to their regulatory body. Below is a list of suggested information that the clinician may choose to include in such a letter. These items are provided as suggestions only, and may not be inclusive of what is required by any specific regulatory body.

1 Include contact information of the person submitting the question(s). Information may consist of name, position, address, telephone number, and institution/employer.

2 Define the central line insertion practice/ procedure for which you would like an answer from the regulatory body.

3 Briefly describe the circumstances/ environment in which central line insertion would be done.

4 Describe what type of education would be/has been provided to place central lines.

5 What are the societal guidelines concerning placement of central lines? (ie. Association for Vascular Access ( and the Infusion Nurses Society (

6 Are qualified healthcare professionals placing central lines within this state or other states? If yes, where? There are a number of states where RNs are currently placing central lines. (i.e., Arizona (

7 Provide a copy of the present or proposed organizational/ institutional policy for placing central lines.

8 List reasons why qualified healthcare professionals should engage in placing central lines. (It may be helpful to include published literature reporting the outcomes of RNs placing central lines.)

9 List reasons, if any, why qualified healthcare professionals should not engage in placing central lines.

Use of and/or reliance on the above-listed information is at your own risk. Bard Access Systems, Inc., its affiliates, and its and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, and contributors do not make any express or implied representation or warranty about, and will not be liable – in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise – for any loss or reliance upon, the above-listed information. This includes (but is not limited to) loss or failure to obtain any favorable ruling or opinion from any regulatory or governing body.

† Intended for those heath care professionals whose state laws and/or regulatory bodies governing their practice permit the placement of these devices.

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