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When to re-xray?

If you take a CXR to view a newly placed PICC line and need to pull the line back 2 or 3cm, do you get another film to verify placement? Is there a cut off or hard and fast rule for when you need to look at a new CXR for verification? What are our legal liabilities for not getting a second film after pulling it back? This is another debate that has come up recently. I would appreciate any input from this forum. Thank you!

Jenny Kettle, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

 Your final chest xray should

 Your final chest xray should document the PICC to be correctly positioned. So any repositioning would require a repeat xray, although this could bring up concerns about radiation exposure and added costs. thiis is a benefit of ECG tip location Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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