Using a Common Catheter May be Risky
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A recent study out of the University of Michigan Health Center discovered the commonly used peripherally inserted central catheters, also known as PICCs, more than doubles the risk of dangerous blood clots. This risk is particularly high for patients who are critically ill or have cancer.
PICCs are often used to deliver antibiotics, nutrition, chemotherapy, and other medications to patients. The catheters have a lower risk of infection and tend to be more convenient than central venous catheters. However, researchers demonstrated that patients who received the PICCs were more than twice as likely to develop a blood clot raising their risk of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can lead to arm pain, arm swelling, venous damage, and lung blood clots.
For more information, go to http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201305/commonly-used-catheters-double-risk-blood-clots-icu-and
SOURCE: The Lancet, May 2013
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