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Measurement of vein diameter for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion: an observational study

Sharp, Rebecca, Cummings, Melita, Childs, Jessie, Fielder, Andrea, Mikocka-Walus, Antonina, Grech, Carol and Esterman, Adrian 2015, Measurement of vein diameter for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion: an observational study, Journal of infusion nursing, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 351-357, doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000125.

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Title Measurement of vein diameter for peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion: an observational study
Author(s) Sharp, Rebecca
Cummings, Melita
Childs, Jessie
Fielder, Andrea
Mikocka-Walus, Antonina
Grech, Carol
Esterman, Adrian
Journal name Journal of infusion nursing
Volume number 38
Issue number 5
Start page 351
End page 357
Total pages 7
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1539-0667
Keyword(s) basilic vein
brachial vein
cephalic
peripherally inserted central catheter
vein
ultrasound
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000125
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Infusion Nurses Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088633

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
School of Nursing and Midwifery
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