Abstract

Catheter malposition is a common occurrence with the insertion of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH) in Santa Rosa, California, trialed and implemented a new tip location device to evaluate whether malposition rates could be reduced. This article compares 6 months of data. Three of these months were compiled before using the tip locator device. The right atrial malposition rate remained consistent at 18% with or without the use of the tip locator device. All other malpositions were 13.4% without use of the tip locator. The overall malposition rate was 2.5% with the use of the tip locator device. By using this technology, supply and labor costs were reduced, as were referrals to interventional radiology and delays in treatment. Overall staff satisfaction improved.

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