Howdy all, recent events make me have to ask...
I was taught if a PICC became clogged, non-functional, get the order for tpa and follow p&p yada, yada. Well, we tried that x2 and the sucker was still plugged tight. I'm thinking it's going to need to be replaced. We contacted the IR staff and one of the techs came up to the ICU and pushed a wire through the obstruction. This opened up the PICC but I have to wonder about the safety of doing that. The INS reference I have doesn't mention this as an option and a quick internet search didn't turn up anything either. This particular tech has a VERY confident, superior demeanor and I just wonder if this is an acceptable solution to this issue.
Thanks for your input!