Previous PICC placement may be associated with catheter-related infections in hemodialysis patients.
Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2011 Feb;34(1):120-3
Authors: Butler PJ, Sood S, Mojibian H, Tal MG
Catheter-related infections (CRIs) are a significant source of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The identification of novel, modifiable risk factors for CRIs may lead to improved outcomes in this population. Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) have been hypothesized to compromise vascular access due to vascular damage and venous thrombosis, whereas venous thrombosis has been linked to the development of CRIs. Here we examine the association between PICC placement and CRIs.
PMID: 20857109 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]