Multi-lumen PICCs increase VTE risk after red cell transfusion

The risk of venous thromboembolism after a red blood cell transfusion is 80% higher if administered through a multi-lumen peripherally-inserted central catheter compared to a peripheral intravenous line, a large study reports. “Consideration of a peripheral intravenous catheter for red blood cell delivery when possible, or careful monitoring for thrombosis, in patients transfused through multi-lumen ...

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