• Caring for a Central Line at Home

    Your child’s medical condition requires him/her to have a central line. Although maintaining the central line requires special care, you can manage it within the comforts of your own home. These videos explain how your child’s central line works, and the key steps needed to keep the central line functioning properly and to avoid infection. Please remember, these videos can guide you in your home care but they do not replace direct teaching from your child’s health care providers. Please be sure to ask questions of your child’s clinicians to make sure you fully understand the steps and process.

    Central Line Care Instruction

    At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's, we understand that families may find central line care daunting at first. That’s why we have a team of expert nurses who work one-on-one with family members – parents, teenagers, or other caregivers – to carefully teach each step of the process. Called Team LINE (“Learning to be Independent ‘N Empowered”), these nurses demonstrate the line care process, answer questions, and coach family members as they practice the process with their child.

    Team LINE can provide central line care coaching while your child is inpatient at Boston Children’s Hospital, during outpatient care at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, or in some cases at your home.

    Central Line Care Videos

    This video series includes 9 videos. It is also available in Arabic and Spanish.

    Central Line Care Video #1: Introduction


    Central Line Care Video #2: Hand Washing


    Central Line Care Video #3: Hand Sanitizer


    Central Line Care Video #4: Making a Clean Workspace


    Central Line Care Video #5: Putting on a Mask


    Central Line Care Video #6: Putting on Sterile Gloves


    Central Line Care Video #7: Scrubbing the Hub


    Central Line Care Video #8: Flushing


    Central Line Care Video #9: Connecting Tubing


  • Contact Us

    Our specialized new patient coordinators can answer your questions about treatment options and becoming a patient.
  • The Family's Role in Patient Safety

    Lacey after central lineFamily caregivers play a key role in helping children with central lines avoid infection.
  • At-Home Safety Steps Reduce Infections

    Allison cleaning central lineOne-on-one training with patients and families helps reduce infection rates.
  • Resource Centers

    Resource Center Callout
    Our resource centers provide comfortable places to learn and socialize with other patients and families going through a similar experience.