1. hello everybody,

    im an iv nurse in one of the hospitals in new jersey and we insert picc lines. our hospital is revising our policy wherein we dont have to get an informed consent for picc insertion.theyre saying that its not state mandated and it all depends on the hospital p/p. does anybody have an opinion on this matter. were just not comfortable inserting piccs without getting an informed consent.
    Last edit by obie on Oct 9, '06
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  3. by   EricJRN
    Welcome to the site! I moved your post to the IV Therapy Forum for more responses. Good luck.
  4. by   nursebuxom
    it is invasive, there are risks. get a consent.
  5. by   dauschundlover
    I agree with NurseBuxum. It is an invasive policy. There are numerous possible complications. And if you researched what the hospital consent covered PICC line insertion would not be one of them. Stick to your guns, always get consent.

    I remember in the late 80's when HIV was just beginning to rear it's ugly head. When they finally started to report that it was transmitted via blood and blood products I suggested that maybe consent should be obtained from the patient when hanging blood products in an nonemergent situation. My supervisor rolled her eyes at me. Now getting consent to administer blood is common place.