A study completed comparing the safeness and effectiveness of using Health Line peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) in place of central venous catheters for various cancer treatments confirms PICCs are a “safe venous device for chemotherapy delivery.”
The study was done from January 1, 2012, to June 1, 2014, and concluded, PICCs can be considered safe and reliable to deliver chemotherapy in particular during the early 2-3 months after implant. Nevertheless, physicians must be aware that failure may over in almost 15% of them, thus potentially overcoming the majority of PICC claimed advantages. Chemotherapy patients with risk factors with failure, in particular, previous DVT of the necessity of larger than 5F catheters, should be considered for an alternative vascular access device.”
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