PICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePPICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedureEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN6.0000000000000072.0000000000000399.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This brochure is a guide on how to care for your child at home after a PICC insertion.</p><p>Your child has had a PICC insertion at the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) clinic. This brochure explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the PICC site and line as dry as possible. </li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>Your child can have acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>Your child may return to gentle activity 24 hours after the procedure. </li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Phone your community care nurse, your specialist, the vascular access resource nurse, Image Guided Therapy (IGT) or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F) </li> <li>swelling or bleeding around the PICC site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the PICC site </li> <li>noticeable change of color in the arm </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>funny feeling in your child's heart</li> <li>irregular heart beat, such as skipped beats or fast heartrate </li> <li>noticeable swelling of the arm </li> <li>PICC gets pulled out a little or all the way </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids </h2> <div>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986 during working hours, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic nurse at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours, please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986.<p></p></div>

 

 

PICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure1244.00000000000PICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN6.0000000000000072.0000000000000399.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This brochure is a guide on how to care for your child at home after a PICC insertion.</p><p>Your child has had a PICC insertion at the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) clinic. This brochure explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the PICC site and line as dry as possible. </li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>Your child can have acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>Your child may return to gentle activity 24 hours after the procedure. </li> </ul><h2>Bathing </h2> <p>Your child may shower or take a bath 24 hours after the PICC is inserted. However, it is important to always keep the PICC and the dressing dry. If it does get wet, the dressing should be changed immediately after the shower. </p> <h2>Dressing Care </h2> <ul> <li>It is normal to have some dry blood on the dressings after the insertion. There should be no active bleeding at the PICC site. If there is, contact the Vascular Access Nurse or the Referring Service.</li> <li>Leave the dressing in place. </li> <li>A community care nurse will change the dressing weekly, or as often as needed. </li> <li>Do not remove the little stitch at the site of the PICC insertion. </li> <li>The PICC should not be kinked in any way. </li> <li>Do not wet the dressing. </li> </ul> <h2>Pain Relief </h2> <p>If needed, give your child <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> following the directions on the label. Do not give your child any medicines that thin the blood, such as <a href="/Article?contentid=77&language=English">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a>, or blood thinners. If you are unsure, or regularly using one of these medications, check with the nurse or doctor first. </p> <h2>Activity </h2> <p>Your child can go back to gentle activities 24 hours after the PICC is inserted if they are pain free. Remember the following: </p> <ul> <li>The PICC should not be put under water, so this means no swimming at any time. </li> <li>Avoid using scissors near the PICC. </li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Phone your community care nurse, your specialist, the vascular access resource nurse, Image Guided Therapy (IGT) or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F) </li> <li>swelling or bleeding around the PICC site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the PICC site </li> <li>noticeable change of color in the arm </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>funny feeling in your child's heart</li> <li>irregular heart beat, such as skipped beats or fast heartrate </li> <li>noticeable swelling of the arm </li> <li>PICC gets pulled out a little or all the way </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids </h2> <div>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986 during working hours, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic nurse at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours, please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-6986.<p></p></div><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PICC_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PICC_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpgPICC insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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