Peripherally inserted central catheters. Development of a hospital-based program

J Intraven Nurs. Sep-Oct 1990;13(5):287-90.


Peripherally inserted central catheter lines (PICCs) are the "new kids on the block" for intravenous therapy. This paper reports on the development of a protocol and training program for nurses at a 350-bed community hospital. The paper describes the development and implementation of this pilot program in 25 patients over a 1-year period.

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / nursing*
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / nursing*
  • Clinical Protocols / standards*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Thrombophlebitis / epidemiology