Determination of complication rate of PICC lines in Oncological Patients

Ghulam Haider, Shiyam Kumar, Basit Salam, Nehal Masood, Asim Jamal, Yasmeen Abdul Rasheed

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Objective: To determine the complication rate of (PICCs) peripherally inserted central catheters in cancer patients with a 1 year prospective cohort study. Methods: All PICCs inserted in adult cancer patients in Radiology Department of The Aga Khan University Hospital were followed prospectively till removed or patient expired and pattern of complications noted. Results: One hundred and fourty six PICCs were inserted over a period of 1 year and followed for a total of 3329 catheter-days; median placement, 14 days: range 3-218 days. Of these 67 (32.8%) PICCs were complicated and removed earlier, for a rate of 14.4/1000 PICC-days. Patients with haematologic malignancies were more likely to have complications as compared to those with solid tissue malignancies. Conclusions: Despite a significant complication rate, PICCs are a relatively safe and cost effective method of establishing central venous access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-667
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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    Haider, G., Kumar, S., Salam, B., Masood, N., Jamal, A., & Rasheed, Y. A. (2009). Determination of complication rate of PICC lines in Oncological Patients. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 59(10), 663-667.