Quote from BabyLady
What kind of PICC's are you usings?
We don't measure ours either because the measurements appear directly on the catheter and we simply check to make sure the tip is intact.
There is no reason to measure if they appear on the catheter.
I would never just look at the markings on a PICC and say.... Oh, it's all there... Some PICC's start their cm markings at the distal end, whereas others start their cm markings at the proximal end. Did you place 43cm? And is the PICC measuring 43 cm now that it is out? Okay, I'm cool with that. but how do you make sure the "tip is intact" as you put it? If you chart that very thing, you're setting yourself up for a losing lawsuit.
How did you determine that? Was a microscope brought to the bedside and you verified that the tip was intact?
Was the catheter cut at an angle, and now it is straight across...ooopppps.
And, unfortunatly, some of the markings, aren't easy to see, or decipher.
A 3fr IV catheter, has markings so timy, that ya' better have good eyes, or good bifocals to see them, heaven forbid I'm looking at a 1.9 or 2 french line.
For the Groshongs, thankfully they have a black tip which is how you know, it's all there!