There are over five million PICC lines and midlines catheters inserted into the veins of patients in the United States with complications that cost $4.5 billion dollars every year.
It is estimated that each PICC and midline thrombosis or blood clot complications cost $24,558.
Each PICC and midline blood infection cost $12,982.
Each PICC and midline occlusion cost $624.
PICC lines and midline injuries are serious:
- Thrombosis or blood clots or pulmonary embolism require 3-6 months of blood thinners including Coumadin, Eliquis, and Xarelto.
- Blood infections from PICC lines and midline catheters lead any of the following:
a. Sepsis: Multiple organ damage from inflammation as a result of infection that may result in organ damage to brain, kidney, heart, liver, and lung. Symptoms include fever, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, and confusion
b. Septic shock: A life-threatening condition that caused dangerously low blood pressure because of infection that may result in amputations of fingers and toes, brain damage, kidney failure, ventilator dependence, oxygen dependence, and nerve damage.
Treatments for blood infections from PICC lines require prolonged IV antibiotics in hospital or outpatient antibiotics, prolonged acute hospitalizations and may require lengthy rehabilitation for the resulting disabilities.