There are no published guidelines or recommendations for management of any catheter-related DVT. Management is based on physician preference and patient factors. I have never seen a hospital with a specific policy but hope someone will reply with one.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861
This question just came up in our hospital,also. We actually have an Anti-Thrombotic Service and depending upon the Attending dujour everyone has a different theory. I think the most popular is if the patient is asymptomatic leave the catheter alone. I did a quick literature search and all I can find is to treat as you would a lower extremity DVT and remove the catheter. Any other theories or data would be appreciated.
Karen McKeon Williford RN, CRNI