Greece reports on placement of the first peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)


Intravenous literature: Konstantinou, E.A., Stafylarakis, E., Kapritsou, M., Mitsos, A.P., Fotis, T.G., Kiekkas, P., Mariolis-Sapsakos, T., Argyras, E., Nomikou, I.T. and Dimitrakopoulos, A. (2012) Greece reports prototype intervention with first peripherally inserted central catheter: Case report and literature review. Journal of Vascular Nursing. 30(3), p.88-93.


Placement of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), definitely offers a clear advantage over any other method regarding central venous catheterization. Its ultrasonographic orientation enhances significantly its accuracy, safety and efficacy, making this method extremely comfortable for the patient who can continue his or her therapy even in an outpatient basis. We present the first reported case of a PICCS insertion in Greece, which has been performed by a university-degree nurse. The aim of this review of literature was to present the evolution in nursing practice in Greece. A PICC was inserted in a 77-year-old male patient suffering from a recent chemical pneumonia with a history of Alzheimer’s disease. A description of all the technical details of this insertion is reported, focusing on the pros and cons of the method and a thorough review of the history and advances in central venous catheterization throughout the years is also presented. PICCs provide long-term intravenous access and facilitate the delivery of extended antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy and total parenteral nutrition. We strongly believe that PICCs are the safest and most effective method of peripherally inserted central venous catheterization. Larger series are necessary to prove the above hypothesis, and they are under construction by our team.

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