Use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) has grown substantially in hospitalized medical patients.1,2 However, data regarding PICC placement largely originate from single-center experiences or studies of highly select populations and outcomes.3 Consequently, little is known about variation in PICC use or outcomes across hospitals. To examine this, we conducted a prospective study at 10 hospitals through the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety (HMS) Consortium, a quality–improvement initiative dedicated to preventing adverse events in hospitalized medical patients.
Chopra V, Smith S, Swaminathan L, Boldenow T, Kaatz S, Bernstein SJ, Flanders SA. Variations in Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Use and Outcomes in Michigan Hospitals. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(4):548-551. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.8402