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Suturing PICC line

 I would like to know how many institutions are suturing PICC lines instead of using a securement device. 

Peter Marino

PICC lines were taken away from the RN's about 3 or 4yrs ago and are placed via Interventioal Radiology and sutured in.

Peter Marino R.N. BSN CRNI VA-BC Hospital based staff R.N. with no affiliation to any product or health care company.


 This is why I asked this question. PICCs are sutured in radiology, but inserted anywhere else and a securement device is used. Shouldn't we be using the same standard, the best standard for all the pts, no matter where the device was inserted?

 Darla Tarvin RN VA-BC

Mercy Clermont Hospital

Yes, the same standard should

Yes, the same standard should be used everywhere and the best outcomes are with a manufacturerd stabilization device. Sutures grow biofilm leading to an increased risk of infection and there can be needlelestick injuries with their use. Lynn

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

Securement devices all the way

 At my institution, every professional inserting the PICC (Intervention radiologist or nurse) uses a securement device - the same one.  If the patient comes from another institution, the sutures are removed and replace by a securement device. 

France Paquet, RN, MSC, VA-BC(TM), CVAA(c)
Clinical Practice Consultant, IV therapy and Vascular Access
Transition support office
McGill University Health Center
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

Interventional ...
suturing PICC lines

All 5 of our hospitals use the securement device, no sutures.

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