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Picc & Midlines

1.How to locate the tip of a PICC

Today, the peripherally inserted central catheter, PICC, is a widely used vascular acces device. Its use is spreading, thanks to a simple and fast insertion technique. This allows nursing teams to increase efficiency in the administration of long-term intravenous treatments…

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2.PICC Catheter: Choice of number of lumens and its impact on complications

Since its development in the 1970s1, the PICC catheter has become a commonly used venous access in adult and child patients because it is long-lasting, easy and quick to insert and has few complications.

In the face of concerns about inappropriate use and the resulting potential for complications, the correct choice of catheter is key. As some studies indicate2-9, it is not only the choice of material that is important, but also the number of lumens, which can be linked to risk of infection, thrombosis and occlusion of the catheter.

To reduce the risk of complications,…

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3.Midline Catheters in Paediatrics

The characteristics that define midline catheters are well established. However, in recent years a new group of peripheral vascular access devices has appeared on the market: long peripheral catheters (long peripheral IV catheters), also known as “mini-midlines”. The characteristics of both devices are…

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4.Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (PIVCs) versus Long Peripheral Catheters (LPCs) for Multi-day Intravenous (IV) Therapy: Current Evidence

Intravenous (IV) therapy is one of the most common interventions administered to hospitalized patients. PIVCs, also known as ‘cannulas’, are the standard devices used to deliver IV therapy and are essential for the provision of fluids, basic medications and blood products. However, there is increasing recognition that PIVCs are unreliable after 2-3 days of usage and associated with several complications …

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