Intravenous literature: Barrier, A., Williams, D.J., Connelly, M. and Creech, C.B. (2011) Frequency of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Complications in Children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2011 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print].
This study examined the frequency and types of complications with PICCs placed in immunocompetent pediatric patients for parenteral antimicrobial therapy. It also sought to determine risk factors associated with those complications. Complications occurred at a frequency of 19.3/1000 PICC days, and greater than 30% of PICCs developed at least one complication. Risk factors for complication include double lumen PICCs, PICCs placed in the femoral vein, younger age, and greater number of daily doses.