We began our PICC line program in December. When we first started we were using the generalÂ surgicalÂ consent, writting in PICC line insertion in the blank and then writing theÂ name of the nurseÂ who was inserting it. Risk management started working on a consent. I went to a meeting and we all thought is was good. Just need a few minor changes. Next thing I know the steering commitee along with risk management has decided that we do not need a consent. The consenus was that it is covered in the general consent for treatment for the hospital to treat just as blood draws, ABG's, regular IV starts andÂ etc. So now we just explain the procedure to the patient or the family. We then just document in our notes that we explained the procedure to the pt and/or family and they agreed to have the line inserted.Â Â
Does anyone have any input on this subject?
Rhonda Wojtas, RN