PICCs
 

PICC-Related Infection

 
 
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Overview

    • Clinical Features

    • Erythema
    • Pain / tenderness
    • Warmth
    • Swelling
    • Pus from the site
    • Symptoms / signs of sepsis
    • Causes of PICC-Related Infection

    • Poor aseptic technique on insertion
    • Poor aseptic technique on accessing the line
    • Prolonged use of the same line
    • Prevention

    • Proper aseptic technique on insertion and accessing the line
    • Don’t insert a PICC through infected tissue
    • Don’t leave the line in for too long
    • Management

    • Remove the PICC and send the tip for culture
    • Observe the site
    • Treat for cellulitis or sepsis if clinically indicated
 
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