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Some PICC Line Complications & How to Deal with Them

Being diagnosed with a health issue that requires a PICC line can be overwhelming. One of the things that you want to ensure is avoiding PICC line complications. For that, it is vital to know how to care for yourself while wearing the PICC line. Start by investing in a high-quality aqua guard to keep the area covered and protected while showering. That alone will reduce the risk of infection drastically.   

Possibility of infection.
When wearing a PICC line, you need to be on guard against the possibility of infections. The area where the line goes into your vein is susceptible to getting infected. The break in your skin can act as the entry point for germs into your body. As most of the infection-causing germs come from your skin, it is of utmost importance to keep the area surrounding the catheter clean. Our Shower Shield Catheter Cover will come in handy. It is also the best aqua guard to have for the PICC line.

To protect the PICC line from contamination from germs, fluid, and dirt, a dressing will be applied. The dressing needs to be changed at intervals as instructed by your doctor.

To keep infections at bay.
1. Practicing good hand hygiene is paramount. Wash your hands with water and soap and use alcohol-based hand gels before touching the area. Those changing your dressing or taking care of you must also do the same.

2. Keeping the PICC line dry at all times is essential. When taking a shower, use an aqua guard, like our Shower Shield Catheter Cover Water Barrier. If the dressing gets wet by chance, immediately get in touch with your doctor. Refrain from touching the line as much as possible.

3. If you notice any swelling or redness around the catheter site or feel tenderness or pain along the catheter’s path, there is a chance that you have been infected. Contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t take immediate action, it may cause bacteremia, a severe condition where germs enter your bloodstream.
To keep the PICC line in place.

A common problem with the PICC line is displacement, with the line breaking, splitting, or coming out. To make sure this does not happen, you need to avoid indulging in activities that involve a lot of movement of the arm or put stress on it. You may continue to exercise, but keep it simple and light. For instance, don’t lift weights.  

To prevent air from getting into the line.
PICC lines generally have caps and valves to prevent air from getting in. Ensure that the cap is always closed when the PICC line is not being used. Air embolism is a serious condition that may occur if air enters your veins. Avoid unnecessarily touching the valves on the line.

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