Reply To: Discharging Patients with PICC lines

  • Carie Murphy

    Member
    June 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    We do not sure valved PICCs…maybe different recommendations in literature based on that fact.

     

    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON

    Assitant Nurse Manager, Weaver 4

    Peds Hem/Onc/BMT Educator

    Wolfson Children’s Hospital

    800 Prudential Drive, Weaver Tower 4

    Jacksonville, FL  32207

    ( (904)202-0520

    * Carie.Murphy@bmcjax.com

     

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 6/5/2022 11:04:00 PM
    From: Julie Casey
    Subject: RE: Discharging Patients with PICC lines

    Hi, for PICC lines that are valved that is our usual procedure. They only need to be flushed once a week. We teach them to keep it dry during bathing and to inspect site every day for redness, swelling and to inspect the dressing to be sure it is still occlusive.

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    Julie Casey, RN,CPHON
    [RN BSN CPHON]
    [Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University]
    [Portland], [OR]
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-05-2022 06:34 PM
    From: Kelly Horn
    Subject: Discharging Patients with PICC lines

    What is your practice for sending patients home with a PICC line for those who are not needing medications at home (newly diagnosed leukemia etc,)?  Do you teach them to flush the lines at home?  Lately, some of our physicians have sent the patient home with return to clinic appointment in a week with no flushing in between. Is anyone else doing this?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kelly

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    Kelly Horn, MSN, RN, CPON
    Nursing Professional Development
    McLane Children’s Baylor Scott & White Health
    Temple, TX 76502
    kelly.horn@BSWHealth.org
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