This week’s post is a podcast covering an unfeasible amount of chat on a challenge in paediatric anaesthesia that takes up plenty of time – peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs).
Andrew Weatherall is joined by Dr Hillel Hope to cover a bit about why we’re asked to put them in, choosing a line, complications, insertion practice and troubleshooting. This covers a lot of Hillel’s experience which might not be direct advice, but will hopefully get you thinking about how to do things locally wherever you work.
Anyway, here it is.
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In the meantime, Hillel offered a bunch of references to consider because going to the literature is always best.
Westergaard B, Classen V, Walther-Larsen S. Peripherally inserted central catheters in infants and children – indications, techniques, complications and clinical recommendations. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2013;57:278-87.
Chopra V, Anand S, Hickner A, Buist M, Rogers MA, Saint S, Flanders SA. Risk of venous thromboembolism associated with peripherally inserted central catheters: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2013;382:311-25.
And a couple of other notes:
The image of that underwhelmed eagle owl is unaltered from the image posted under Creative Commons by Airwolfhound on flickr
At the end of the podcast there is also a track by Blank and Kytt called RSPN which is off their Heavy, Crazy, Serious album which they posted at the Free Music Archive, also under a Creative Commons license. It’s unchanged.