I would like to ask if any of you PICC experts have encountered/read a publication related to PICC insertion on patients with pacemakers/defibrillator. I already have heard about the so many conflicting opinions from different PICC experts about whether or not one can place PICCs on patients with pacemakers or pacemeaker/defibrillator.
I ask INS about it and they could not lead me to a official publication onb this subject. One of my contract hospitals radiologist and told the VP nursing that a nurse cannot place a PICC on patients with pacemaker. I have continued to place PICC on my other contract hospitals without an issue. I wanted to convince this VP that yes it is safe to place PICCs on patients with pacemaker on the contralateral side of the pacemaker. I need a publication or research publication to have a strong argument.
Thanks for all your help as usual.
Mar 21, '10
We place PICCs in patients with pacemakers all of the time. We try to avoid the side that the pacer is on, and seek a physicians "ok" if we need to use the side the pacer is on. I don't know of a publication off hand, but a college library search engine should be able to locate one for you. Good luck!