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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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