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When to Call A Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor right away if:

  • You develop chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or an irregular heartbeat.

  • You have a fever.

  • The catheter insertion site becomes red, swollen and painful, or it oozes blood.

  • The limb where the catheter was inserted becomes painful, cold and pale, with a weak or absent pulse.

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