Is it a standard to do a chest Xray to confirm PICC position on patients that come into your facility that already have a line in place?
We had a pt. come from a different hospital where he had surgery on his hand, a picc line placed and started on ABX. He came to us because our facility was closer to his residence. He was set up for outpatient Nafcillin and end up having a huge thrombus.Â They discovered at the time of the scan that his "PICC line" was actually a midline.
If they would have done an xray on initial assessment, they would have known it was a midline, and the outcome could have been different.
I would like to change our hospital policy and it is always good to say "this is the standard everywhere else"!!