Our PICC team has gradually evolved to the IV team. Over the years, the PICC team would assist with difficult PIVs here and there. Hospital staff either do not have the skill set or basic foundation to insert PIVs in patients that are difficult sticks. It eventually snowballed and the PICC orders were taking a back seat to the ultrasound PIV orders. The Director put a screeching halt to the PICC team placing any ultrasound PIVs. Of course this got everyone’s attention! If the PICC team is going to take ownership of all the PIV sticks, then we need additional staff. I am trying to research this topic to see what other facilities are doing. Anyone interested in providing input or answering the questionnaire below or email privately to: [email protected]
# of beds at your facility:
Does facility have a PICC team and/or an IV Team? (please specify):
If PICC team – what types of lines are placed strictly by the PICC team?
If IV team - how are PIVs inserted (traditional or ultrasound) PIVs?
# of staff nurses (or other personnel placing lines):
What type of lines are placed?
Cost of PIVs placed by IV team versus staff nurse:
How do you determine nursing staff requirements (bed versus sticks per each nurse, etc.)?
Is there a metric used?
How does your facility justify or balance (budget)?
Neutral or Central Staffing (CSO)?
Does your organization track SVT/DVT associated with ultrasound PIVs versus traditional PIVs?
Use of early assessment tool to determine which IV access is appropriate?
Thank you in advance for any feedback provided. CH