Any nurse removing any CVC, including PICCs, should anticipate and be able to immediately manage a patient who presents signs and symptoms of any type of emboli - air, catheter or thrombus. The majority of CVCs have silent thrombosis. so it does not matter whether you know the clot is present or not, the risk is still present.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861