PICC line safety
PICC lines are mainly inserted in a medium-sized vein in the patient’s arm to provide access for intravenous treatments like chemotherapy or extended antibiotic therapy and are often in place for several weeks or months.
From the insertion site, the PICC is threaded through various, increasing sized veins into the largest central vein (usually the Superior Vena Cava) leading to the right atrium of the heart. It’s generally used to give medications or liquid nutrition. A PICC line can help avoid the pain of frequent needle sticks and reduce the risk of irritation to the smaller veins in your arms.
A PICC line requires careful care, regular flushing, and monitoring for complications, including infection and blood clots. If you’re considering a PICC line, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
Why it’s done
A PICC line is commonly recommended for:
- Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis treatments. Medicines that are infused through a vein, such as some chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs, can be delivered through a PICC line.
- Liquid nutrition (total parenteral nutrition). If your body can’t process nutrients from food because of digestive system problems, you may need a PICC line for receiving liquid nutrition.
- Infection treatments. Antibiotics and antifungal medicines can be given through a PICC line for serious infections.
- Other medications. Some medicines can irritate the small veins, and giving these treatments through the PICC line into the SVC (the largest vein in the body) reduces that risk.
Once your line is in place, it can be used for other things, too, such as blood draws, blood transfusions and receiving contrast material before an imaging test. After having a central catheter inserted in their arm, some patients are told that their best option for covering and protecting the insertion site is a cut-off tube or tubular bandage. Walking around with a tubular bandage on your arm for that long is not exactly an appealing option, but leaving the site uncovered could cause infections or other problems. Well-known brands of a tube or tubular bandage are not latex-free and are also known as compression bandages, which cannot be worn while sleeping as this can be a risk to you and the inserted PICC line.
PICC dislodgement can be one of the most serious complications. It has serious consequences that include not only financial coast and inconvenience but also extra hospital time. Of course, this also means time-consuming restarts, more invasive procedures, and delays in treatment. PICC movement, dislodgement or pistoning is one of the most common PICC issues. The success of PICC lines requires constant attention.
PICCsox® are designed to hold the PICC in position, cover and protect the PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) that is placed in a patient’s arm. PICCsox® is an outside garment that protects PICCs from either dislodgement, movement, or accidental removal. Dislodgement is one of the most frequent PICC issues. This subsequently causes patient re- admission to hospital for a new PICC insertion.
Above all, PICCsox® assist in holding the PICC in position. They also protect the sterile dressing by providing a hypoallergenic barrier. This helps protect against harmful germs and ensures the area stays dry ad clean.
- Hypoallergenic bamboo blend
- Antimicrobial protection using Silpure
- Mesh window for visibility
- Easy care, durable, reusable, and washable
- Australian owned
- Six sizes available PICC protector
- PICC health wear PICC cover
- PICC securement
- Easy to wear
- Protects from accidental dislodgement or removal
- Easy to purchase online
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PICC dislodgement has clinical and economic consequences that can include time- consuming restarts, yet another invasive procedure, and delays in treatment. However, we can recommend PICCsox® as additional PICC line securement for PICC line success. The success of PICC lines constantly requires new interventions, such as innovations in dressing and securement of PICCs.
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FloMedical, an Australian medical distribution company specialising in vascular access for over the last 10 years, distribute the PICCsox®. They supply to major hospitals, surgeries and medical practices throughout every state and territory of Australia.
FloMedical is a company with the mission to provide the best medical solutions to customers, surgeries, and hospitals, in Australia and worldwide. With a strong emphasis on providing patients with the best possible outcomes, PICCsox® has become one of their core service and product offering.