Intravenous literature: Lin, S., Wen, K., Liu, C. and Wei, C. (2010) The Use of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters in Cancer Patients. Journal of the Association for Vascular Access. 15(1), p.16-19.
From 2002 to 2006, 524 cancer patients who underwent PICC insertion by nursing staff were studied. 568 PICCs were in place for a total of 32068 days (mean duration: 56 days; range: 1 to 487 days). The complication rates were phlebitis – 24.07%, broken/leaking catheter – 12.33%, accidental removal – 7.44%, occlusion – 14.68%, and infection – 1.77%. Group A patients who underwent PICC insertion for the major purpose of receiving repeated chemotherapy had higher incidences of phlebitis, broken/leakage catheter and infection. Group B patients who underwent PICC insertion for the major purpose of hospice care had a higher incidence of accidental removal.