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picc insertion

Would like information on the possibility of placing a PICC left arm brachial vein and a pneumo occurring.  caveat: pneumo was "posterior".

HIghly UNlikely! to cause a

HIghly UNlikely! to cause a pneumothorax, the inserters technique would need to be rough and forceful against resistance. The guidewire and catheter would have to be forced out of vein and into the pleural space. This is nearly impossible because the guidewire has a floppy tip and the stylet wire is recessed away from the catheter tip so it is soft and flexible.I have never seen this documented in the published literature with PICC insertion. Never seen it happen either. 

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

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