Invasive Venous Devices

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Figure 1: An image of a central venous catheter (CVC).
Figure 2: Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)
Figure 3: Anatomical view of locations of bacterial infections and indwelling medical devices (IMD) associated with those sites. (Manivannan, 2007)

Here is a list of common indwelling medical devices, taken from Figure 3 above from Disinfection and Decontamination by Gurusamy Manivannan, Ph.D. (2007).[1]

Oral Cavity

  1. Dentures
  2. Dental implants

Respiratory Tract

  1. Endotracheal tubes
  2. Voice prostheses


  1. Central venous catheters
  2. Catheters
  3. Orthopedic prostheses/mesh
  4. Intracardiac devices
  5. Neurosurgical devices
  6. Cochlear implants
  7. Contact lenses
  8. Breast implants

Gastrointestinal Tract

  1. Prosthetic mesh
  2. Surgical ite
  3. peritoneal dialysis catheters
  4. Hemodialysis catheters

Genitourinary system

  1. Urinary catheters
  2. Intrauterine devices (female)
  3. Penile implants (male)


  1. Manivannan, G, (2007). Disinfection and Decontamination: Principles, Applications and Related Issues. St. Louis, MO: CRC Press.

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