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When PICC Lines Are Not Necessary

​​Whitepaper.jpgA recent whitepaper analyzes the utilization of short peripheral catheters (SPC) versus peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC). Although PICC insertion is typically performed as the most appropriate treatment option, the procedure is sometimes performed due to the inability to gain access with a short peripheral catheter. One study found that 24% of PICCs placed were due to failed SPCs. Two studies reviewed in the whitepaper, Mercy Hospital and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, aimed to reduce medically unnecessary PICC lines with great success. Not only does this have an impact on patient outcomes, but it also has a great financial benefit for the hospital. Mercy saw a greater than 30% reduction, and St. Elizabeth’s reduction in medically unnecessary PICC lines equated to an over $180,000 cost savings in nine months.

Read the full whitepaper here.​​