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    Question tunneled vs non-tunneled catheter

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    How can you tell if a catheter is tunneled or non-tunneled?

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    When you look up the procedure in the cpt, it will specify.

    It does get tricky: For Ex: 36555 insertion of non-tunneled central venous catheter,

    or 36557insertion of a tunnled central venous catheter.

    It will specify for you, & in your Dr's Op note, they should be specifying this.

    Hope this helps !

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    Default Tunneled vs Non-tunneled

    Tunneled catheters are placed under the skin and through the subcutaneous tissue to the site needing access...usually to be left in place for longer term therapy. In tunneled, a tunnel is made first and then the catheter is inserted and advanced.

    Non-tunneled is through a short tract which is from the skin entry site directly into the point of cannulation.

    Hope this helps!!

    V. Davis, CPC

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Physician documentation

    It is incumbent upon the physician to accurately document what was done, including stating whether it was a tunneled or non-tunneled catheter, and whether or not a port was also present.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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