Sepsis from IV access is possible, but usually is caused by poor technique. There are people who have an infection-free central line or PICC line for years. The secret to their success is very careful attention to proper technique in caring for the line and when accessing the line. I have had my PICC line (for TPN, not antibiotics) since the end of June of this year and have had no infections or signs of infections. The nurse and doctors are pleased with the careful attention I have paid to caring for my line. So while sepsis is a risk factor, it can be prevented with proper line care and accessing technique.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Vitamin B12 Shots, Heparin (to flush PICC line).