Abstract

From 2002 to 2006, 524 cancer patients who underwent PICC insertion by nursing staff were studied. 568 PICCs were in place for a total of 32068 days (mean duration: 56 days; range: 1 to 487 days). The complication rates were phlebitis – 24.07%, broken/leaking catheter – 12.33%, accidental removal – 7.44%, occlusion – 14.68%, and infection – 1.77%. Group A patients who underwent PICC insertion for the major purpose of receiving repeated chemotherapy had higher incidences of phlebitis, broken/leakage catheter and infection. Group B patients who underwent PICC insertion for the major purpose of hospice care had a higher incidence of accidental removal.

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