Hickman line surveillance in oncology
Emma Smith Staff nurse, NHS Ayrshire and Arran at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Sandra White Nurse consultant, Cancer for the NHS Ayrshire and Arran at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Scotland
This article describes the development of a surveillance tool to monitor complications associated with Hickman and peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines, which follows an apparent increase in central venous catheter infections within the oncology department of a district general hospital. The tool was devised in association with the regional group for central venous catheters. Implementing such a tool creates a live surveillance database of patients with Hickman and PICC lines, and helps reduce the incidence of complications – such as bloodstream infections – associated with catheter lines.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 7, 2,29-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2008.03.7.2.29.c6463