Five years of ECG-based PICC tip verification system

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This study, 5 years on, compared the strengths and limitations of using this ECG method with the previous gold-standard of post-procedural chest X-ray” Oliver and Jones (2016).

Abstract:

In 2011, the vascular access team at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust safely and successfully incorporated the use of electrocardiogram (ECG) guidance technology for verification of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) tip placement into their practice.

This study, 5 years on, compared the strengths and limitations of using this ECG method with the previous gold-standard of post-procedural chest X-ray. The study was undertaken using an embedded case study approach, and the cost, accuracy and efficiency of both systems were evaluated and compared. Using ECG to confirm PICC tip position was found to be cheaper, quicker and more accurate than post-procedural chest X-ray.

Reference:

Oliver, G. and Jones, M. (2016) ECG-based PICC tip verification system: an evaluation 5 years on. British Journal of Nursing. 25(19), p.S4–S10.

10.12968/bjon.2016.25.19.S4

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