PICC lines are increasingly being used for central venous access in hospitalized patients. This large meta analysis found the risk of DVT was 2.5 times higher with PICC lines compared to CVCs, although there were no PEs. The DVT risk was highest in those that were critically ill or that had cancer. DVT risk should be factored in when considering PICC vs CVC for central venous access (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.