I work at an out patient infusion center. There is a VAT team here that places PICC lines for the patients. I am reading one insertion note in preparation for a dressing change and infusion. The nurse who placed the line notes that she originally trimmed the line to where about 8-9cm would be external. She then removed the line, trimmed it further, and reinserted the same line.
I thought this practice was not appropriate even though the line is being placed under sterile conditions. Is this a correct practice? We always remove the line and insert a new one. When I started placing lines, placing a new line was appropriate to maintain sterility of the catheter itself. Has something changed?
Corrie Morea, RN, MSN, CRNI, VA-BC, LNC, CPUI