I have a job interview
for an infusion company, and she said that I would be trained to insert PICC lines. I didn't know it was in an RN scope! It has to be done with the aid of x-ray, yes?
Do you generally need/receive a special certification when you're training to insert PICCs?
ETA: I apologize, I should have looked around at the IV therapy specialty board and I would have had an easy answer to my question!
Jul 30, '11
Quote from klone
Nope, I'm quite certain it's PICC lines. It's just outside my realm of experience, as I've only been an OB nurse and I've only seen 2 occasions where an OB pt. has needed a central line of some sort, and both times they had it placed in advance of coming in to have their babies.
I've never seen a PICC line insertion and the only time I've ever personally cared for a PICC line was in nursing school.
When PICCs first came out back in the early 90s, RNs were allowed to insert them after training.
We also used to give Versed at the bedside.
Never had sutures in my 4 PICCs. Just a plastic anchor that secured around the tubing, and a dressing. They're inserted a lot in fluoroscopy, and it takes about 5-10 minutes (took longer to get there and back from the room
). Not a bad procedure at all.
Last edit by xtxrn on Jul 30, '11
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