Having a PICC line on your upper arm is no fun, but you can still manage tasks you need to accomplish without complications. A PICC line should not hinder you from the normal activities you enjoy. It takes a lot of getting used to, but it is worth it.
It can feel scary to not know what is safe to do with a PICC line, but don’t let that keep you from living your life! We’ve made the Ultimate Guide to PICCs for patients and caregivers to help you feel more confident – watch it below, or keep scrolling to check out our quick list of the main risks to watch out for:
1. Avoid steamy bathroom changes
The steam from a shower can create a wet environment under your dressing and have an effect on the adhesive. Remember to change your dressing, disinfection caps, securement device, or needleless connectors on a clean, flat surface. Also, one great way to protect your PICC line is to use PICC Line Covers. They are soft and comfortable to use, so there is no need to worry about your catheter.