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cathy oakley
PICC exchange

A PICC has been in place for several months, has migrated out to bracheocephalic position. Is it acceptable to exchange?

 A slow gradual displacement

 A slow gradual displacement or a sudden withdrawal? What is the patient receiving? how much longer is this infusion needed? What do you find when you assess the site and arm and neck? I don't think there is a single answer to your question that could apply to all patients each time. I think the infusion/vascular access nurse specialist will have to make a patient-specific decision. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861


I would say acceptable but not preferable.

Stephen Harris RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Chief Clinical Officer
Carolina Vascular Wellness

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