We have been using the BardÂ DL groshong since 2001. Recently staff in our Medical Day CareÂ and Oncology units have brought thisÂ problemÂ to our attention.
When flushing the white lumenof a DL Groshong, blood will reflux into the red lumen, and vice versa.
Suspecting communication between the lumens we notified our rep, pulled the line and sent it for investigation.
They informed us that indeed there was a split in the septum between the lumens, but they did not know whyor howÂ this had occurred.
This has now happened 5 times in the past year.Â We seem to be the only ones with this complaint.
Has anyone elseÂ experienced this phenomenon? Are you able to ask the services that care these PICC lines if they have seen this?
Our insertion practice has not changed. There are only 2 of us inserting PICC lines. We are confident with the care and maintenance of the nurses in the areas that are caring for these lines. We are baffled that we are the only ones experiencing this problem.