Hickman line, PICC line insertion
for Bone - marrow Transplantation
|What’s PICC line?|
|It is a special line placed in arm, in patients requiring cancer chemotherapy/parenteral nutrition/IV medication for longer duration of time.
|What’s Hickman line?|
|It is a special line(central venous catheter) placed in neck, under the skin of patients requiring bone marrow transplant/chemotherapy.
The characteristic feature of Hickman line is that it remains below skin.
|Why PICC/Hickman lines?|
|Injectable drugs are very irritable for body. If given by regular iv cannula in hand,it can induce serious reaction/swelling/blockage in veins. For patients who require long term(for weeks to months) injectable medications, you can not take prick for fresh IV cannula every time. Patient needs a permanent long term access, & these lines can serve the purpose.
There are certain advantages of Hickman / PICC lines:
|Is it safe procedure for children/pediatric patients?|
|Absolutely safe & beneficial in children, for even 1 year of age.|
|How it’s placed?|
|Duration of procedure ? When can I take discharge?|
|15 minutes procedure time. Discharge within 1 hour of procedure.|
|When can I start using my line?|
|Immediately after placement.|
|Any precautions to prevent blockage in lines?|
|Your care giver must flush it with heparin saline / cathflush after each use to prevent blockage.|
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