Use of and patient-reported complications related to midline catheters and peripherally inserted central catheters

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 May;41(5):608-610. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.34. Epub 2020 Mar 4.


We conducted a prospective observational study of indications for use and patient experiences with midline catheters (n = 50) compared to peripherally inserted central catheters (n = 63). The primary indication for patients with midline catheters was difficult venous access. Patients with midline catheters reported fewer complications than patients with peripherally inserted central catheters.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Observational Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Catheterization, Central Venous
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects*
  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Central Venous Catheters / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures*
  • Prospective Studies