We evaluated the safety and usefulness of ultrasound-guided PICC placement for cancer patients in palliative care settings” Ikeda et al (2019).
Peripherally inserted central venous catheters(PICCs)are widely used given they have lower incidence of serious complications than central venous catheters. We evaluated the safety and usefulness of ultrasound-guided PICC placement for cancer patients in palliative care settings. We attempted to insert PICCs in 42 patients, and the insertion was successful in 40 (95.2%)patients. Complications occurred in 9(22.5%)patients, but none were severe. In 30 cases, PICCs were used for infusion and drug delivery until cancer death. The duration of catheterization was 25(1-126)days. Our results suggest that ultrasound-guided PICC represents a safe and usefultoolfor cancer patients in palliative care settings.
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Ikeda, H., Morita, S., Nakaniwa, T., Matsusaki, K. and Yoshizawa, A. (2019) Usefulness of Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters for Cancer Patients in Palliative Care Settings. Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. 46(Suppl 1), p.135-137. .