Knowledge and Care related to Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) in Pediatrics and Neonatology Nursing: an Integrative Review
Michelle Darezzo Rodrigues Nunes, Gabriela Rodrigues Ferreira, Fernanda Machado Silva-Rodrigues, Benedita Maria Rêgo Deusdará Rodrigues, Sandra Teixeira de Araújo Pacheco, Lucila Castanheira Nascimento

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) have been used for decades in diverse settings. The aim of this study was to review the literature regarding the knowledge and care related to PICC lines in Pediatrics and Neonatology. An integrative literature search of studies published between 2005 and 2015 was conducted in Pubmed, Web of Science, CINAHL, LILACS, and SciELO using the terms in different combinations: newborn, child, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, peripherally inserted central catheter, PICC, and nursing. Ten studies were reviewed, most of them conducted by Brazilian nurses. The results were summarized in two thematic categories: (1) Nursing care using PICC lines, and (2) Nursing clinical practice related to the use of PICC lines. Few studies reported the care and practices of using PICC in neonatology and pediatric settings in the last ten years. The use of new technologies has contributed significantly to the increasing number of PICC insertions with decreased patients’ risks. The results of this study also highlighted the limitations of nursing knowledge about PICC line care. Therefore, updated activities and knowledge acquisition are essential for nurses in order to establish guidelines for the use of this device in Neonatology and Pediatrics

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