What happens if a PICC line gets infected?

What happens if a PICC line gets infected?

A PICC infection can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition.

What is the most common complication of PICC lines?

Infection and thrombosis are the two most common complications. Along with education and training, adoption of a central line bundle of safety practices is recommended to reduce the risk of infection associated with PICC placement.

What is a PICC line used for in preemies?

A PICC is used when a baby needs IV fluids or medicine over a long period of time. Regular IVs only last 1 to 3 days and need to be replaced. A PICC can stay in for 2 to 3 weeks or longer. PICCs are often used in premature babies who cannot feed because of bowel problems or who need IV medicines for a long time.

Does a PICC line need a cap?

The PICC catheter needs a dressing and a cap to prevent infection. A solution called heparin is used to keep blood from clotting in the catheter. The dressing must stay dry.

How common is PICC line infection?

The incidence of complications in pregnant and postpartum patients after PICC insertion was reported in a retrospective case series. Totally 112 patients were enrolled in the study and infection rate was 3.6%.

How do you prevent a PICC line infection?

Follow recommended central line maintenance practices. Wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based handrub before and after touching the line….Use all five maximal sterile barrier precautions:

  1. Sterile gloves.
  2. Sterile gown.
  3. Cap.
  4. Mask.
  5. Large sterile drape.

How do you know if something is wrong with a PICC line?

Contact your doctor right away if you notice any signs or symptoms of PICC line complications, such as if: The area around your PICC line is increasingly red, swollen, bruised or warm to the touch. You develop a fever or shortness of breath. The length of the catheter that sticks out of your arm gets longer.

Are PICC lines safe for babies?

Most health care professionals that place PICC lines are very experienced and the procedure is safe and well-tolerated.