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Obstetric patients and poor access

What are facilities doing for pregnant patients that lack vascular access? For some we are putting in PICCs and emergent situations intraossesous has been used. Are  facilities finding midlines fill the gap?

Totally depends on what

Totally depends on what  infusates are prescribed and if they are irritants or vesicants, number of infusates and length of therapy, just like any other patient population. Just remember that  pregnancy is a hypercoaguable condition. With midlines, they can lead to vein thrombosis as seen by lack of blood return, leaking, etc. I don't recall any studies in this patient population. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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