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PICCs and midline catheters: What they are and what to expect  
Abstract:  This handout describes the use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and midline catheters in long-term intravenous therapy at home. It explains how and where they are inserted and the conditions for which they are used. It includes catheter care, including changing the dressing and flushing and lists problems that might occur, such as breaks, movement, blockage, infection, drainage, blood under bandage, pain, and swelling.
Author: Vascular Access Program
Publisher/Date/Rev:  University of Washington Medical Center, 1997, March 1, 2016
UWMC Availability:  General Surgery/4NE; 4NE (Neuro-Neurosurg, Otolaryngology, General Surg); Vascular Access Program
General Topics:  Patient Care Procedures & Instructions; Medical Equipment & Supplies
Specific Subject(s):  Intravenous Therapy; Catheter-related Infections; Catheterization
Language(s):  English
Audience:  Patient
Format: Brochure
Reading Level: Moderate
Cost: Unknown
Web Site Location:  http://healthonline.washington.edu/

Health Online Citation #1676

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