Two-Year Trends of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Line Complications at a Tertiary-Care Hospital: Role of Nursing Expertise


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Abstract

We found reductions in peripherally insert central catheter (PICC) complication rates over 2 years of observation (20.4 vs 13.8/1,000 line-days; relative risk, 0.5-0.9). This difference represents a cost saving due to reduced line reinsertions and reduced use of thrombolytic agents. The presence of a dedicated PICC insertion nursing team and education of ward nurses in PICC maintenance is a plausible explanation for the observed differences.

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