We have a patient who has had a picc in since 2005. It was ordered to be removed as therapy was complete. We were unable to remove it. We tried warm compresses twice. Only 20cm was successfully pulled. Catheter still had good blood return & flushed well. Patient c/o pain at insertion site when attempting to remove it. We sent her to Radiology. They were unable to remove it. Now she needs to have it surgically removed. Any suggestions?
Dawn Lentz RN, CRNI
despite intense teaching and providing the Bard patient care booklet, I had a patient whose line wouldnt come out and did as Dawn did. angio had to snake it out from the groin..and it was found to be in a knot!!!...seems the literature didn't tell him he couldnt chop wood!!!???