Hickman-Broviac catheters. Indications and results.


The records of 84 patients in whom 98 Hickman-Broviac catheters were inserted were reviewed. The most common indication for catheter insertion was for administration of parenteral nutrition. Forty-four patients (52 percent) had catheters inserted for chemotherapy or combined chemotherapy and parenteranal nutrition. Thirteen patients had Hickman-Broviac catheters inserted for the administration of antibiotics. The majority of the patients (56 percent) had malignant disease. The insertion of Hickman-Broviac catheters was uncomplicated, especially through the external jugular vein. Catheter-related complications occurred in 20 percent of the patients, but none were fatal. The most common complications were thrombotic catheter occlusion and catheter related sepsis. The catheter-related sepsis rate was 8/6,308 catheter-days. These rates compare favorably with those reported by other investigators. Any patient with potential vascular access difficulty or obliterated or thrombosed veins who requires parenteral medication should be considered a candidate for insertion of a Hickman or Broviac catheter.


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@article{Thomas1980HickmanBroviacCI, title={Hickman-Broviac catheters. Indications and results.}, author={James H. Thomas and Rick I. MacArthur and Glenn E Pierce and Arlo S Hermreck}, journal={American journal of surgery}, year={1980}, volume={140 6}, pages={791-6} }