Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters

  • Sergio Sandrucci
  • Baudolino Mussa

About this book


Indications for central venous cannulation in critically ill patients have increased dramatically in recent years owing to the use of more complex therapies unsuitable for delivery via peripheral veins. The main drawbacks of central venous access are morbidity and the growing scarcity of experienced operators. Ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access offers a solution, in that it reduces morbidity and can be performed by a dedicated nursing team.

The aim of this book is to teach the fundamentals of this emerging technique. Advice is provided on the choice of materials and on vein selection. The advantages and disadvantages of peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICC) in relation to other types of central venous catheter are discussed, and the principles of use and practical applications of ultrasound for venipuncture are explained. Maneuvers for PICC positioning, techniques for the evaluation of PICC tip placement, and the prevention, diagnosis, and management of complications are all described in detail. Advice is also provided on the organization of a dedicated PICC team within a hospital or a supportive care program, and psychological, legal, and economic issues are considered.

Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters will be of interest to a wide range of professionals, including nutritionists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and radiologists.


Chronic venous access Nursing PICC Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters Parenteral nutrition Ultrasound-guided venipuncture

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Sandrucci
    • 1
  • Baudolino Mussa
    • 2
  1. 1.Visceral Sarcoma and Rare Cancers UnitUniversity of Turin Medical SchoolTurinItaly
  2. 2.Digestive, Colorectal and Oncological Surgery UnitUniversity of Turin Medical SchoolTurinItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5664-0
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5665-7
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