Is there any literature about the risk of getting trombosis in the arm where a PICC is placed, during a flight of several hours in an airplane?
I am not aware of any such published evidence. Vein thrombosis due to airplane travel is usually related to lack of movement of the lower extremities with inadequate fluid intake contributing to the risk. Normal activity of the upper extremity could still be done on a plane (e.g., eating, reaching, etc) but the foreign object of the catheter does add a risk. I would ecourage the patient to use the arm normally, drink lots of water during the flight and to avoid alcohol as this leads to water loss. Some may know of a case study about this but I have not seen anything. Lynn
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
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