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This case describes a 20-year-old woman was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and occlusive thrombus in the right brachial vein surrounding a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line (type, gauge, and length of time the PICC had been in place were not noted). The patient was discharged home but was not given any supplies for cleaning the PICC line, education regarding the signs of PICC line infection, or referral to home health services.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious but preventable medical condition in which blood clots form in the veins.
Farnborough, UK; Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. October 13, 2020