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Bleeding post-PICC insertion


Good morning,

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?

Thank you,


Define what you mean by

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.

PO Box 10

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.


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