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Lab Values

We are trying to write a new policy that includes lab values for nurses placing PICCs. Just wondering what the national standard reguarding the PT, PTT, INR and Platlet.

There are no national

There are no national standards on any of those values

I guess the bottom line is patient safety and a PICC line is a much safer line than any other central line.  Peripheral lines do cause multiple bleeding, potential compartment syndromem with possbile nerve injury as there are multiple puncture sites that bleed on insertion


Hope that helps

Kathy Kokotis

Bard Access Systems

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