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Pa. DOH Rescinding Guidance on Insertion of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line

​The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is rescinding in its entirety guidance dated Nov. 12, 2012, regarding the Insertion of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line, and on administering and obtaining consent for blood transfusions.

DOH's recission of this guidance is due in part to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in the medical liability case Shinal v. Toms, in which the court ruled that a that a physician may not delegate to others his or her obligation to provide sufficient information in order to obtain informed consent—the duty to obtain a patient's informed consent is a non-delegable duty owed by the physician conducting the surgery or treatment.

View a copy of DOH's Rescinded Policy that was posted to DOH's Message Board.

Questions can be directed to DOH at 1-877-724-3258.

Additional Resources

PAMED offers details on the case and member-exclusive resources – including a video with guidance for physicians – at www.pamedsoc.org/informedconsent.   

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