|ECR 2018 / C-1774|
|Venous thrombosis and infection associated with peripherally inserted central catheter|
It is our belief that the importance of our work lies in the fact that, since the introduction of the PICC catheters in our hospitals, the risk versus benefit of its use has not been formally studied in our region. To date, the use of PICC catheters in our hospitals have yielded excellent results, which we have demonstrated in this study showing low rates of infection and thrombosis. This in turn, will lead to attending physicians increasingly request this catheter, which will only further the relevance and importance of this study.
However, our study has an important limitation, the cases of PICC associated thrombosis were recorded only if it was documented by a Doppler Ultrasound; it is possible some patients experienced this event without knowledge.
Our work will continue with the monitoring of the new catheters placed in our hospitals by the Interventional Radiology service. This will allow us to establish a greater volume of patients and better safety margins when selecting vein caliber for PICC insertion. Furthermore, we will be better equipped to establish with greater certainty the relationship between vessel diameter - thrombosis, and the relationship between days catheter - infection.
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