PICC tip location is a variable point during patient position, activity etc. I was recently reflecting on the clinical condition of the patient and its effect on PICC tip location. In particular I was thinking about abdominal distention that may alter the normal anatomical geography. One example I considered was ascites… will ascites alter the normal anatomical layout (possibly making the tip lower than expected)… equally, what effect would ascitic drainage have upon the tip location?
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