Case study describes PICC line placement alongside cardiac pacemakers

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We share a case of two successful PICC insertions in a 97-year-old patient with bilateral pacemaker placement, that have not been reported previously” Sun et al (2016).

Abstract:

Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) have been placed through the peripheral veins, and the best location for the tip of the PICCs is the lower third of the superior vena cava (SVC) and cavo-atrial junction.

PICCs are commonly used in intravenous administration, parenteral nutrition therapy, chemotherapy, as well as in critical care units. The success rates in venipuncture are enhanced when ultrasonographic guides are used by the bedside PICC teams. There have been few reports of PICCs placed in super elderly patients with permanent cardiac pacemakers. We share a case of two successful PICC insertions in a 97-year-old patient with bilateral pacemaker placement, that have not been reported previously.

Reference:

Sun, W., Ma, Y., Liu, B., Ge, R., Wang, K. and Song, Q. (2016) Two successful insertions of peripherally inserted central catheter in a super elderly patient with bilateral pacemaker placement. The Journal of Vascular Access. December 2nd. [Epub ahead of print].

doi: 10.5301/jva.5000582.

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