Peripherally inserted central catheters revisited.

  title={Peripherally inserted central catheters revisited.},
  author={Jeffrey R. Smith and Mark Friedell and Michael Lee Cheatham and Samuel P. Martin and Mitchell Jay Cohen and Jeremy D. Horowitz},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={176 2},
BACKGROUND This study compares central venous catheters (CVC) and peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) for indications for insertion, complications, and economic impact. METHODS A retrospective review of 838 (283 CVC, 555 PICC) consecutively placed venous catheters reflected 49,365 CVC and 11,814 PICC days. RESULTS There were 57 (20%) complications in the CVC group, 197 (35%) complications in the PICC group. PICC were associated with a statistically significant increase in the… CONTINUE READING

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