Hello all. We are working with the PICC placement nurses to develop a competency for EJ insertions. I wonder what size catheters, length included, taht you have seen used for this. Does anybody have a link to good policies for this procedure?
I am not talking about central lines. We just need a better alternative for patients that are difficult to maintain access on. A short term bridge until central line placement can be acheived. This hospital is small and the PICC nurses do not take call or work on the weekend.
An EJ is considered a peripheral site in Belgian law and as such we can place those as RN's without an MD order even if we feel the situation requires it.
In my institution it isn't routine to place EJ's. I'm one of the few RN's that will place them during emergencies if I feel we need something closer/easier. Generally I'll try to get a 12G - 16G in if possible. No guideline or official policy is in use regarding the placement of EJ's.
Nope, we can only put in IV's peripherally, as in the arms only lol. Docs have to put in an EJ or IJ IV. Nurses place PICCs at out hospital, but I've only ever seen nurses put PICCs in, so that's nothing new.
When I worked in the ED as a staff RN, we were placing EJ's using a G18 Angiocath on patients with difficult arm venous access. These are considered PIV's and are subject to the 3-day limit of use. I've worked in ICU now as an ACNP and I've never seen a staff RN place an EJ. They typically ask us NP's or residents to place them. I personally prefer placing a PICC or an IJ CVC myself which we routinely do as NP's.