Robbin George RN VA-BC
Cindy Schrum RN CRNI
I tracked ours by looking at the Upper Extremity U/S reports that were routed to me. I had to sift through them to see which patients had lines but it was the only way I could figure to consistently get the information.
I do the same thing--have a list of all the U/S reports for extremities (I have to go thru each report and see what extremity) and if there was a + DVT, find out if the pt had, or ever had had a PICC in that arm. It is time consuming, to say the least, but it seems to be the most accurate way to really know what is happening with our lines here.
I am interested in learning what SALT means as well...........and if there are easier ways to track DVTs!!!!
Although when you showed us this at your last visit and theoretically it is a wonderful assessment tool, we don't have the manpower to do this. We are in the reactive PICC mode due to our rapid growth. Cindy