1. McMahon, Dorthea D. MN, RN


The nurses in the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) program at the University of Washington Medical Center perform ongoing data tracking to measure team and patient outcomes. Quality improvement initiatives have included the transition to microintroducer technology and ultrasound-guided placement. Used together, this technology has allowed the PICC team to increase their bedside insertion success rate to 91%. The group has also changed PICC securement methods, and use of the Statlock anchoring device has reduced the incidence of catheter migration from 6% to 1.5% of all catheter lines placed. Catheter durability also was assessed. The Pressure Activated Safety Valve PICC was compared to the Groshong PICC and the rate of catheter repair and exchange due to breakage has been reduced from 11% to 1%.