Pleural effusion after PICC insertion – Full Text

“When pleural effusions quickly accumulate after placement of a peripherally inserted central catheter despite using confirmatory image guidance, delayed complications must be thought of, and offending medications and catheter should be removed in a timely fashion to avoid further morbidity and mortality” Yang and Lopez (2023).

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D-dimer for PICC associated UEDVT diagnosis

“The outcome of this study shows that the different D-dimer diagnostic strategies are not effective for safely excluding the diagnosis of suspected peripherally inserted central catheter-related upper extremity deep vein thrombosis” Liu et al (2023).

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Chemotherapy drug extravasation treatment – Full Text

“Unfortunately, during an infusion of an anthracycline chemotherapy drug, the chemotherapy drug inadvertently leaked subcutaneously. However, the patient was not treated with timely and effective drainage at the early stage of leakage, and only local hot compresses were applied” Guo and Huo (2023).

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Thromboresistant hydrogel PICC

“The HydroPICC® technology represents a new method to reduce frictional forces of implantable devices. Clinical trials are needed to determine whether the differences in frictional properties between conventional VADs and HydroPICC® devices translate into improved clinical outcomes” LeRoy and Donahue (2023).

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Comparison of phlebotomy needles

“Sample integrity was identical between both needles. The 25-gauge needle resulted in less 3+ pain, while pain scoring 1 and 2 was more frequent in the 25-gauge cohort” Kirchhoff et al (2023).

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Arm vein size for child PICC placement

“The age and the weight of the child have a small role in predicting the caliber of the veins of the arm. Veins should be measured case by case through a proper and systematic ultrasound evaluation; however, the clinician can expect that insertion of a 3 Fr PICC may be feasible in one third of children weighing between 4 and 7 kg” Zanaboni et al (2023).

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Chemotherapy drug extravasation treatment – Full Text

“Unfortunately, during an infusion of an anthracycline chemotherapy drug, the chemotherapy drug inadvertently leaked subcutaneously. However, the patient was not treated with timely and effective drainage at the early stage of leakage, and only local hot compresses were applied” Guo and Huo (2023).

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Thromboresistant hydrogel PICC

“The HydroPICC® technology represents a new method to reduce frictional forces of implantable devices. Clinical trials are needed to determine whether the differences in frictional properties between conventional VADs and HydroPICC® devices translate into improved clinical outcomes” LeRoy and Donahue (2023).

Read More »

Comparison of phlebotomy needles

“Sample integrity was identical between both needles. The 25-gauge needle resulted in less 3+ pain, while pain scoring 1 and 2 was more frequent in the 25-gauge cohort” Kirchhoff et al (2023).

Read More »

Arm vein size for child PICC placement

“The age and the weight of the child have a small role in predicting the caliber of the veins of the arm. Veins should be measured case by case through a proper and systematic ultrasound evaluation; however, the clinician can expect that insertion of a 3 Fr PICC may be feasible in one third of children weighing between 4 and 7 kg” Zanaboni et al (2023).

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Home infusion CLABSI prevention

“We interviewed home infusion staff who perform surveillance activities about barriers to and facilitators for central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) surveillance and identified barriers to training in CLABSI surveillance” Oladapo-Shittu et al (2023).

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Needlestick injuries among nurses in Italy

“The incidence rate of NSI varies from 2.2 to 10.77 per 100 nurses per year. The major causes can be traced back to a large night shift, working in the operating block and in the medical departments, and the failure to use adequate devices” Brusini (2022).

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IV catheter ethanol-lock therapy

“The present study evaluated the efficacy and safety of Ethanol-lock therapy (ELT) in combination with systemic antibiotics for the management of CRBSI associated with hemodialysis TCC” Gang et al (2023).

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Management of difficult intravenous access

“As most published DIVA strategies are limited to various point-of-care ultrasound techniques while other “tricks-of-the-trade” and pearls for overcoming DIVA are mostly relegated to informal nonpublished material” Ng et al (2022).

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Reducing blood sampling volumes in ICU

“Blood sampling is a critical aspect of intensive care to guide clinical decision-making. Repeated blood sampling can result in blood waste and contamination, leading to iatrogenic anaemia and systemic infection” Keogh et al (2023).

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