Minimum infusion rates for PICC lines

  1. I would like to know if anyone is aware of the minimum continuous infusion rate for a PICC line. I work at a pharmacy and we have patients on continuous Morphine and the pharmacist is making the concentration higher to decrease the frequency on bag changes to decrease cost for the patients. The continuous rate can be as low as 0.5ml/hr at times run on a CADD PCA. Will the PICC remain patent with this continuous rate? Any information would be appreciated.

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    Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 4
    nurse consultant for a closed door pharmacy


  3. by   jemb
    0.5cc/hr is the tko rate for our Cadd pumps/ PICC lines. We rarely have one clot.
  4. by   Gompers
    In NICU the lowest we'll run our PICCs at is 0.5cc/hr as well. We also include heparin in the IV bag unless the baby is allergic to it, anything from 0.5-2 units/cc. I can't remember what size PICCs we use though, maybe 26g?