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Risk factors associated with PICC-related venous thrombosis in patients of advanced age

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This study was performed to determine the risk factors associated with peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-related venous thrombosis in patients of advanced age (>65 years)” Song et al (2019). Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to determine the risk factors associated with peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-related venous thrombosis in patients of advanced age (>65 […]

Cost of pediatric and neonatal central line-associated bloodstream infections in Greece

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CLABSIs were found to impose a significant economic burden in Greece, a finding that highlights the importance of implementing CLABSI prevention strategies” Karagiannidou et al (2019). Abstract: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are the most frequent pediatric hospital-acquired infections and are associated with significant morbidity and healthcare costs. The aim of our […]

Effect of early parenteral nutrition discontinuation in neonates

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In VLBW infants, early PICC removal at an enteral feed volume of 100 mL/kg/day compared with later removal at 140 mL/kg/day resulted in a significant delay in time to regain birth weight” Perrem et al (2019). Abstract: BACKGROUND: Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are used to administer parenteral nutrition (PN) in very low birth weight […]

Life-saving vascular access after combined liver and kidney transplantation

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We report the case of a boy treated for loss of hemodialysis access after a combined liver-kidney transplantation and transient renal dysfunction” Grimaldi et al (2019). Abstract: Exhaustion of vascular accesses is a major complication in patients undergoing hemodialysis, especially in pediatric setting. We report the case of a boy treated for loss of hemodialysis […]

Clinical outcomes of transfemoral venous access for upper extremity dialysis

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A transfemoral venous approach for intervention of upper extremity dialysis accesses may be a valuable adjunct to traditional approaches” Wang et al (2019). Abstract: PURPOSE: To report technical success and clinical outcomes of transfemoral venous access for upper extremity dialysis interventions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 15 patients underwent a transfemoral venous approach for […]

Skin metastasis on the puncture site of peripherally inserted central catheter

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To report a case of lung cancer metastasizing to skin from peripherally inserted central catheter puncture and to analyze the causes and treatment of this event” Xie et al (2019). Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To report a case of lung cancer metastasizing to skin from peripherally inserted central catheter puncture and to analyze the causes and treatment […]

Ultrasound assisted subclavian central venous catheter insertion

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The use of ultrasound for procedural guidance has been demonstrated to further increase the rate of success and reduce the risk of specific mechanical complications, especially in patients with difficult surface anatomy” Millington et al (2019). Abstract: The insertion of a subclavian central venous catheter is generally associated with a high rate of success and […]

Effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) as a distraction technique

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To evaluate the effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) as a distraction technique to help control pain in children and adolescents undergoing venipuncture” Atzori et al (2018). Abstract: Background: Venipuncture is described by children as one of the most painful and frightening medical procedures. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) as a distraction […]

Outpatient waiting time for phlebotomy departments

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When a stand-alone QTS was used in the outpatient phlebotomy clinic, data from the QTS and the LIS were integrated using a novel algorithm we developed” Song et al (2018). Abstract: BACKGROUND: A queue ticket system (QTS) used in an outpatient phlebotomy clinic was unable to be directly integrated with the laboratory information system (LIS). […]

Mobilized peripheral blood stem cell apheresis via Hickman catheter

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These data indicate the reliable feasibility and efficacy of mobilized apheresis via an indwelling Hickman catheter” Doberschuetz et al (2-19). Abstract: BACKGROUND: Autologous stem cell transplantation remains an integral treatment tool for certain childhood malignancies. In children, a central venous catheter is typically necessary to provide adequate flow rates for preparative apheresis. In this study, […]