Hi to all
At the hospital where I work, PICC lines have been being pulled if the patient has an elevated temp.Â Which is OK with me, BUT, then they turn around an order another PICC to be placed. (sometimes the same day!).Â This doesnt make sense to me.Â I would like to have a protocol to determine when and if a PICC should be pulled.Â Lynn, you told me that if a line is suspected of causing the temp., then a blood culture should grow 2 hours before the peripheral or grow 5 times greater colonies than the peripheral. Could anyone help me get the facts?