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Type: Journal article
Title: Measurement of vein diameter for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion: an observational study
Author: Sharp, R.
Cummings, M.
Childs, J.
Fielder, A.
Mikocka-Walus, A.
Grech, C.
Esterman, A.
Citation: Journal of Infusion Nursing, 2015; 38(5):351-357
Publisher: Infusion Nurses Society
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1533-1458
1539-0667
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Rebecca Sharp, Melita Cummings, Jessie Childs, Andrea Fielder, Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Carol Grech, Adrian Esterman
Abstract: Choosing an appropriately sized vein reduces the risk of venous thromboembolism associated with peripherally inserted central catheters. This observational study described the diameters of the brachial, basilic, and cephalic veins and determined the effect of patient factors on vein size. Ultrasound was used to measure the veins of 176 participants. Vein diameter was similar in both arms regardless of hand dominance and side. Patient factors-including greater age, height, and weight, as well as male gender-were associated with increased vein diameter. The basilic vein tended to have the largest diameter statistically. However, this was the case in only 55% of patients.
Keywords: basilic vein; brachial vein; cephalic vein; peripherally inserted central catheter; vein measurement; ultrasound
Rights: © 2015 Infusion Nurses Society
RMID: 0030035262
DOI: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000125
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