PICCing the risk

PICC lines are useful little devices – often used when IV administration is required in the long term, such as with prolonged courses of antibiotics. OF course, they aren’t without risk – infection being the common concern, but as with many vascular devices, thrombus can also pose a problem.

But how do you know which patient will get a DVT? Turns out that it’s not terribly difficult – the bigger the line, the more risk, as for patients who have had a previous DVT and those that are post operative. 

Check out the full article in Chest, here

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