International Panel Finds 40% of PICC Insertion Scenarios “Inappropriate”

September 23, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A review of 665 scenarios for peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) found that 38% were appropriate, 19% were questionable, and 43% were inappropriate. This international review panel used the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method "to develop criteria for the use of PICCs." Findings are published in the September 15, 2015, Annals of Internal Medicine. The clinical scenarios used to assess the use of PICCs and develop criteria for appropriate use were created via literature search and intended to accurately reflect clinical decisionmaking.

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