Bloodstream infection, venous thrombosis, and peripherally inserted central catheters: reappraising the evidence.

@article{Chopra2012BloodstreamIV,
  title={Bloodstream infection, venous thrombosis, and peripherally inserted central catheters: reappraising the evidence.},
  author={Vineet Chopra and Sarah Anand and Sarah L. Krein and Carol E. Chenoweth and Sanjay Saint},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={125 8},
  pages={
          733-41
        }
}
The widespread use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) has transformed the care of medical and surgical patients. Whereas intravenous antibiotics, parenteral nutrition, and administration of chemotherapy once necessitated prolonged hospitalization, PICCs have eliminated the need for such practice. However, PICCs may not be as innocuous as once thought; a growing body of evidence suggests that these devices also have important risks. This review discusses the origin of PICCs and… CONTINUE READING
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