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We present a case of a 67-year-old Caucasian female who was admitted to the pulmonary clinic of a general hospital in Athens with fever and respiratory symptoms. A lung biopsy was ordered because a clinical diagnosis of interstitial lung disease was suspected.

The patient was then hospitalized in the intensive care unit. Because of the fact that peripheral catheterization was impossible and the prospect of further long-term hospitalization, the patient was referred to a vascular access nursing team composed of perianesthesia nurses to advance a peripherally inserted central catheter and support the line during treatment. The peripherally inserted central catheter line was advanced with no complications, and the position of the catheter was checked using the electrocardiography method.


Konstantinou, E.A., Katsoulas, T.A., Fildissis, G., Myrianthefs, P.M., Kiekkas, P. and Baltopoulos, G.I. (2015) First Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Under Ultrasound Guidance in a Greek Intensive Care Unit: A New Role for Greek Perianesthesia Nurses. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 30(6), p.487-91.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2014.02.008.

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