Safety of peripherally inserted central catheters versus midline catheters

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A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is placed in the upper extremity with its distal end terminating in the superior vena cava. A midline catheter (MC) is a peripheral intravenous (IV) line measuring 3-8 inches and is inserted with its tip positioned just below the axilla” DiNucci et al (2016).

Abstract:

A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is placed in the upper extremity with its distal end terminating in the superior vena cava. A midline catheter (MC) is a peripheral intravenous (IV) line measuring 3-8 inches and is inserted with its tip positioned just below the axilla. Both are utilized when long-term IV access is required or if venous access is limited. Our objective is to compare the utilization and safety of PICC lines versus midline catheters.

Reference:

DiNucci, S., Messer, G., Xu, T., Shutt, K.A., Ferrelli, J., Andrzejewski, C. and Yassin, M.H. (2016) Comparison of Utilization and Safety of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters Versus Midline Catheters in a Large Academic Medical Center. 44(6), Supplement, p.S71–S72.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.04.073

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