PICC insertion in the sitting position for a patient with congestive heart failure

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Safety IV catheter

A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is typically inserted with the patient in the supine position. Here, we placed a PICC in a patient in the sitting position, in order to treat congestive heart failure” Mitsuda et al (2019).

Abstract:

RATIONALE: A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is typically inserted with the patient in the supine position. Here, we placed a PICC in a patient in the sitting position, in order to treat congestive heart failure.

PATIENT CONCERNS: A 65-year-old man was diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer. He had experienced septic shock and was medicated with continuous infusion of noradrenaline through a peripheral vein, in order to maintain sufficient blood pressure. However, indwelling peripheral venous catheters were difficult to place and maintain.

DIAGNOSIS: The patient experienced orthopnea due to congestive heart failure and could not assume any other position.

INTERVENTIONS: An anesthesiologist performed PICC placement while the patient was in the sitting position, using ultrasound guidance.

OUTCOMES: The patient’s orthopnea was slightly ameliorated, and he was able to sleep at night.

LESSONS: The technique of inserting a PICC in the sitting position is simple and feasible. This approach may be useful for patients in whom central venous access is needed, but the supine position cannot be achieved.

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Reference:

Mitsuda, S., Tokumine, J., Matsuda, R., Yorozu, T. and Asao, T. (2019) PICC insertion in the sitting position for a patient with congestive heart failure: A case report. Medicine. 98(6), p.e14413.

doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000014413.

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