Caring for your PICC Line during COVID-19

This is a tough time to have a PICC line. You may already be immunocompromised, and PICC lines add a significant risk of infection. Hospitals are overloaded and breaking quarantine to take care of an unplanned PICC line problem adds risk of picking up COVID-19. 

The good news is that how you take care of your PICC can make a world of difference!  We have asked our Friends in the Fight, over the years, for their tips and tricks. Here are some highlights:

Test out different PICC line dressings

A lot of people, like myself, have issues with adhesive allergies, so if the first dressing you have causes a rash or skin irritation, don’t fret! There are lots of different see-through dressings to try. From Tegaderm to IV 3000 and beyond, your PICC care nurse or doctor, who placed the line, should be able to help you find a solution. If you can’t tolerate any adhesive, they can do something called a dry dressing. Don’t worry if you have issues at first with your line; the healthcare world is huge, and there are lots of options out there! 

When in doubt, ask your team!

Many doctors are practicing telemedicine right now.  Don’t be afraid to reach out with a phone call or portal message!

Wear a PICC line cover

To make this time easier for yourself, consider getting a PICCPerfect PICC line cover! It is easy to use, and comes in a variety of patterns and sizes. Its features are built to keep your PICC line safe:

  1. Antimicrobial fabric wards off infection
  2. Anti-slip edges keep your line safe and secure while sleeping (even if you move around a lot!)
  3. Soft-touch fabric keeps you comfortable while providing protection from the younger family members or pets you may be cooped up with

For more information on sizing, features, or a video demonstration, click here.

For more advice, check out how to prevent common issues, avoiding blood clots and infections, what not to do with a PICC line, showering with a PICC line, and more!  Or, join the Friends in the Fight facebook group to find out what other patients are doing to keep themselves safe while in COVID-19 quarantine!

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