Study: 57% of Hospitalists Forgot About a Catheter

The finding that 57 percent of hospitalists report having forgotten about the presence of a patient's peripherally inserted central catheter is one of several that outline the variation in hospitalist experiences with catheters in a paper published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.


Researchers surveyed approximately 400 hospitalists with an online questionnaire on hospitalist experience and practice surrounding PICCs.

Other study findings include:

•    Eighty-six percent of hospitalists had placed a PICC solely for venous access.

•    Eighty-two percent of hospitalists had cared for a patient who specifically requested a PICC.

•    Twenty-five percent of hospitalists had examined a PICC for external problems.

•    Forty-two percent of hospitalists thought between 10 percent and 25 percent of PICCs in their hospitals might be inappropriately placed or avoidable.

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