The appropriateness of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters


Intravenous literature: Russo, A., Wood, H., McMullen, K., Dondero, T., Robinson, C. and Warren, D. (2011) The Appropriateness of Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Use Among Hospitalized Patients. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5), p.EE38-E39.


Peripheral inserted central catheters (PICC) are increasingly used in hospitalized patients and are a risk factor for bloodstream infections. Preventing unnecessary use of PICCs is important in preventing catheter associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). The objective of this study was to investigate appropriateness of PICC use among hospitalized patients.

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