Death after inserting Hickman line was probably avoidable

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7339.739/b (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:739
  1. S J Nixon, consultant surgeon
  1. Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

    EDITOR—The death of a 15 year old girl in 1998 due to a complication of inserting a Hickman line, and the ensuing court case in December last year, highlight the considerable morbidity and occasional mortality associated with central venous access. In one year alone the Scottish audit of surgical mortality identified four deaths directly attributable to insertion of a venous line. A greater number of patients have …

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