Death as a complication of peripherally inserted central catheters in neonates.

  title={Death as a complication of peripherally inserted central catheters in neonates.},
  author={Ali M. Nadroo and Joseph Lin and Robert S. Green and Margret S. Magid and Ian R. Holzman},
  journal={The Journal of pediatrics},
  volume={138 4},
We report 2 neonatal deaths caused by cardiac tamponade related to peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). A total of 3 deaths were noted for 390 PICCs placed, giving an incidence of 0.76%. To determine the magnitude of neonatal death related to PICCs, directors of neonatal intensive care units in the United States were surveyed by means of a questionnaire. Myocardial perforation and pericardial effusion were reported by 29% and 43%, respectively. Deaths were attributed to PICCs by 24… CONTINUE READING


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