Status: Active, not recruiting
Keywords: PICC Lines , Vascular Surgery , Central Catheter, Peripherally inserted , 18+ years
IRB Number: 00055553
Specialty: Oncology, Internal Medicine, General
Patients will be invited to be in this study because part of their medical treatment requires them to have a catheter placed into a vein in an arm. The catheter will be threaded up through the vein until the tip of the catheter is located in a large vein close to their heart. This type of catheter is called a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter, also called a “PICC” or “PICC line”. The PICC is used to give patients the medications, fluids, and blood products they may need and to take blood samples that doctors require to evaluate medical conditions. The PICC that patients will get has two channels that allow patients to receive fluids and medications at the same time.
The purpose of this research study is to record how well the PICC functions. The researchers want to learn how well the PICC provides patients with their needed fluids and medications, for how long, and if patients have any side effects from using the catheter. The type of PICC patients are getting is the same that is commonly used at our University of Utah hospital. The PICC has been approved for this use by the Food and Drug Administration. Patients get the same type of catheter, treatment and management of the PICC they would get if they chose not to take part in the study.
The one difference is that a member of the research team will look at a patient's arm and the catheter three times during the study using ultrasound. Ultrasound is a way to learn how the blood flows in patients' arm veins and around the catheter. An ultrasound is not a routine part of care, so it will be an extra evaluation patients will receive, if they choose to be in the study.
The relationship between thromboses, occlusive and infective complications related to the presence of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) is an area of great interest to physicians and nurses in the vascular community. In order to better understand the interrelationship between these complications this prospective, observational study will be performed to evaluate the incidence of thrombosis, thrombo-occlusive events, catheter and catheter related bloodstream infections in patients with PICCs. Additionally, the study will assess the relationship between the duration of catherization and these events and document the associated interventions.