PICC lines in the U.S.A. and the World - page 2

Members-- Over the last nine months, I have been working on a capstone project regarding PICC lines. I would appreciate hearing from members from various regions of the county (and please... Read More

  1. by   jodi_cmsrn
    I am from Pennsylvania

    What I am looking for specifically is:
    Are you using PICC lines? yes, we use them regularly
    Has your use increased in the last two years? Definitely
    Who is inserting your lines--IR, PICC team, etc.? We have a small group of nurses that are trained, and are actually having another class soon to train more, as many have left.
    Have there been any changes in re-insertions or infection rates? Not sure.
    How soon after admission do patients receive a PICC line? Depends on the patient, the doctor, reason for admit, etc.

    Do you have any particular assessment tool in use for PICC line candidates? No, but would love to develop one.

    Hope this helps.
  2. by   Sabby_NC
    Hi I work in Hospice and it is funny that you should ask about PICC lines as I was making the comment to our Patient Care Coordinator that the use of PICCS, CVC'S and Portacaths has gone through the roof of late.
    Our infection rate is very low. For the most part our families are taught how to care for them and flush etc.
    We send our patients to which ever local hospital for insertion of PICC's.
    We use no assessment tool other than the usual protocols.. site of insertion etc Look for redness, drainage yadda yadda yadda...
    I am also interested in the PICC's in the home.. Does your organization use sterile gloves or clean gloves for flushes and dressing changes?