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Tammi Smith
PICC insertion on the same side as a pacemaker or central line


Do you place PICC lines on the same side where there is a pacemaker?  Any problems with the pacer wires?  Also, do you place PICC's on the same side with an existing central line, i.e.-jugular?


We do place on same side as
We do place on same side as jugular or even subclavian if we can't go on the opposite side.  We do follow up with a second x-ray though after pulling them, to make sure the Picc has remained in place.  We don't place on the same as pacemakers, I did read this on this site previously were someone stated it was OK to do, but our radiologist say differently, so we choose to avoid that side completely.  Hope that helps.
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