Extended PICC line use is tied to bloodstream infection risk in children

03/31/2011 | Nurse.com

Pediatric patients who had peripherally inserted central venous catheters for at least three weeks had a 53% higher risk of suffering a bloodstream infection than those who wore catheters for a shorter period, according to a study in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. Researchers also found that children who had a PICC line for IV nutrition were more than twice as likely as to acquire an infection than those who got it for other purposes.

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