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JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis
June 21, 2016

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters vs Peripheral Cannulas for Delivering Parenteral Nutrition in Neonates

Author Affiliations
  • 1Neonatal Services, National Health Service Fife, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • 2Hull York Medical School and Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, England
JAMA. 2016;315(23):2612-2613. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7020

Clinical Question  Is parenteral nutrition via peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) associated with better delivery of nutrition and growth and fewer adverse events compared with short peripheral cannulas in neonates?

Bottom Line  Compared with short peripheral cannulas, parenteral nutrition via PICCs is associated with better nutrient delivery and lower rates of subsequent catheters or cannulas placed and is not associated with increased rates of invasive infection.