Posted: June 2, 2017

Improving Safety and Appropriateness of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC): A Resident Education and Quality Improvement Initiative

Description

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) lines have revolutionized the way healthcare providers access the central venous system. Despite their popularity, education regarding the potential risks of PICC lines and guidelines for treatment plans for patients requiring long-term IV access has been lagging. Multiple studies have shown that PICC lines are used incorrectly and this in turn has increased the number of complications from PICC lines. Ensuring the appropriate use of PICC lines (including when PICC lines are contraindicated AND when alternative access is appropriate) is essential to prevent costly and potentially fatal complications. This resource includes a poster and presentation describing a study which surveyed the need for PICC safety education, assessed the epidemiology of PICC in an academic setting, and developed a quality improvement initiative using EMR and education to promote appropriate PICC line use.

Keywords

Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, Peripherally Inserted Central Line, PICC

Authors

Serena Michelle Ogunwole, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Jack Badawy, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Scott Depaul, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


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