What is the incidence of bleeding from the site, post-PICC insertion? I would have thought the answer is "none" to "limited" in a specific patient, i.e. liver and coag or platelet concerns when the PICC was needed.
Is there any evidence about this?
Define what you mean by "bleeding". I have never seen reports of massive hemorrhage during PICC insertion even with high INR or low platelets. There can be a risk of a slow oozing after insertion from the insertion site, controlled by coagulant dressings, But have never seen any data on the frequency of this.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
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Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861
Thank you. I was unable to locate data and wanted verification that I wasn't missing it.