Comparing PICC with short peripheral IV catheter for chemotherapy

“Routine PICC insertion in terminally ill cancer patients was comparable in safety and efficacy and resulted in superior satisfaction compared with usual IV access” Park et al (2020).   Abstract:   Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether routine insertion of PICC at admission to a hospice-palliative care (HPC) unit is acceptable […]

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WHAT ARE PICCsox® AND WHY SHOULD YOU USE THEM

WHAT ARE PICCsox® AND WHY SHOULD YOU USE THEM PICC line safety PICC lines are mainly inserted in a medium-sized vein in the patient’s arm to provide access for intravenous treatments like chemotherapy or extended antibiotic therapy and are often in place for several weeks or months. From the insertion site, the PICC is threaded […]

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Impact and Safety Associated with Accidental Dislodgement of Vascular Access Devices: A Survey of Professions, Settings, and Devices

Abstract Background Dislodgement rates with intravenous catheters are reported at 1.8%-24% events per year resulting in failed access, interrupted treatment, and greater resource consumption with catheter replacement. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the perceptions of frequency, impact, contributing factors, and safety issues from accidental dislodgement affecting intravenous (IV) devices as reported by healthcare clinicians. […]

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Attitudes towards PICC lines among cancer patients

‘Some patients (Pat 2, 4, 9, 17) revealed that they felt uncomfortable when holding their children and while practicing sports. This unease was related not only to the physical presence of the device but also to the need of having to reflect on whether they could practice the activity or if it entailed a risk […]

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Coronavirus pandemic leads to more at-home cancer treatments

Read the original article on The New Daily website.  Seven years ago, Lorna Cook and Julie Adams started a business out of Perth called chemo@home, allowing cancer patients – and people with compromised immune systems – to be treated at home by specialty nurses instead of going to hospital. “When treated at home, they have a […]

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Peripheral intravenous (IV) device management – Clinical Guidelines

Introduction Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC) are the most commonly used intravenous device in hospitalised patients. They are primarily used for therapeutic purposes such as administration of medications, fluids and/or blood products as well as blood sampling. Aim The aim of this guideline is to provide an outline of the ongoing maintenance and management of the […]

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Ten Tips for dressing and securement of IV device wounds

Posted by Claire Rickard, Amanda Ullman, Tricia Kleidon, Nicole Marsh on 13 June 2017 Ten Tips for dressing and securement of IV device wounds, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal 2017;24(10):32-34. Reprinted with permission of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation. Nurses insert and care for more than two billion intravascular (IV) devices globally each year. […]

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What is a PICC line?

Procedure Overview – Vascular Access About Your PICC Blood Sampling PICC Catheter and Site Care Flushing Protocols Power Injection for Contrast-Enhanced Scans PICC Device Removal Vascular Access plays a critical role in many patients’ lives, providing medications through reliable access to the central circulatory system. We are continually striving to provide the latest technologies in […]

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PVC dressings — comparing the old with the new

Peripheral venous catheters (PVC) are the most common invasive device worldwide. However, PVC failure is still unacceptably high. Up to 69% of devices fail due to dislodgement, vein wall irritation/inflammation, blockage, IV fluids entering surrounding tissue, or infection. This study is a follow up from the last AVATAR article. The previous study found that additional […]

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