Last edit by Chuckie on Jan 18, '03
Sep 5, '00
At our facility, the protocol for changing central & picc lines is every 4-6 weeks with the peripheral tubing being changed 1x/wk. I don't understand what your intern is doing except increasing chances for mass infection. Doesn't anyone question why he's changing these caths every week???
Sep 10, '00
Its been awhile since I worked ICU but I'm not sure that the internist isn't simply following NITA (National Intravenous Therapy Association) standards. This is what important. Get their new standards and follow them. In cases of a law suit etc, you can be the plantiffs attorney will be very well versed on these standards. Our nursing departmant based all their policies on NITA standards.