What is a PICC line?
Patients are given a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line to help access the blood stream. They can be used in a variety of circumstances, such as treatments for Cancer, Diabetes, Lyme Disease and TPN.
A PICC line is inserted in a peripheral vein in the arm and then advanced proximally toward the heart through increasingly larger veins, until the tip rests in the distal superior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.
PICC lines can remain in position for extended periods of time, from a few weeks to several months and even years. They are used in both in-patient and out-patient treatments. The versatility of PICC lines has led to their increased use.
Why use our PICC line cover?
Our PICC line covers help eliminate some of the challenges of having a PICC line by making it easier to securely cover the PICC, while allowing for breathability and visibility for your PICC line and dressing through our proprietary mesh window (patent pending). Our soft and stretchy antimicrobial fabric is made of the highest quality materials so you can comfortably pull the cover over your PICC line without worrying about exposure to outside agents.
Unlike other options, our Covers feature:
EPA approved antimicrobial treatment to ward off infection
Our cover is machine washable and reusable. The antimicrobial treatment has been proven to last at least 100 washes
Our cover has a patent pending mesh window that allows not only visibility to the PICC site but also airflow to the dressing
What are the benefits of using a PICC line?
- A PICC line is more comfortable compared with the many “needle sticks” that would have been needed for giving medications and drawing blood. The goal is to spare your veins from these frequent “needle sticks.”
- A PICC line can also spare your veins and blood vessels from the irritating effects of IV medications.
- A PICC line can be used in the hospital setting, nursing facility, or at home and can stay in place for weeks, months or years, if needed.
- A PICC line can be used for many types of IV treatments.
- A PICC line can be used to obtain most blood tests.
What are the risks of a PICC line?
- There are a number of risks to consider before receiving a PICC line. Make sure you speak to your medical team before getting a PICC line placed.
- There may be slight discomfort during the procedure
- Bleeding may occur at the insertion site
- Leakage can occur due to skin elasticity, outward line migration, or line rupture
- It is sometimes necessary to attempt insertion more than once and it may not be possible to have a successful insertion
- During insertion of a PICC line, accidental puncture of an artery, nerve, or tendon can occur near the insertion site. However, this is a rare event
- A clot may form around the catheter in the vein (thrombosis), which can cause swelling and pain in the arm
- Inflammation in a vein (phlebitis) can develop from the use of all types of IVs, including PICCs
- An infection may occur at the insertion site or in the bloodstream. In fact, an estimated 8-25% of all PICC lines that are installed become infected and can lead to complications and increased mortality rates
- The PICC can come out, partially or completely, if not well-secured and completely covered
- The PICC can move out of position in the vein and may need to be removed or repositioned
- The PICC may become blocked. Medication may need to be used to clear it
What are signs to watch for when you have a PICC line?
There are several signs to look for once you have a PICC line placed. Some of these include:
- Swelling, redness, red streaking, hot or hard area in PICC line arm
- Pain in PICC line arm
- Fever or chills
- Swelling of the hand, arm and/ or neck on the same side as the PICC line
- Leaking of fluid when you flush the catheter
Call your healthcare provider or PICC line care provider right away if you notice these signs or if you are worried or concerned.