Sunday, 25 August 2013

Risk of venous thromboembolism associated with peripherally inserted central catheters

PICC lines are commonly used and often have advantages over central lines, but their thrombotic complications have perhaps been under appreciated until now. This metanalysis shows that they have a slightly higher incidence of DVT than central lines, and a subsection of observational work quantifies this risk and identifies the patient groups at highest risk. It comes with a useful editorial for those that don't want to read all the fine print, but it's worth thinking about the next time you're weighing up the pros and cons of a PICCline over a central line.

MP

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