Reduction of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs)
Brenda Dennis, RN, MSN                                               
Administrative Director of Critical Care and Clinical Services - Methodist South Hospital

The purpose was to reduce the number of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), reduce the overall costs related to PICC line placement, eliminate the use of contract PICC nurse usage, and develop the role of in-house PICC nurse at Methodist Hospital South (MSH). MSH spent $266,325 in 2007, $341,500 in 2008 and was trending $22,950 per month in 2009. The project started in the ICU patient population and moved to the other clinical areas. Bringing the PICC nurse in-house saved the hospital in 2010 and had no PICC line infections.


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