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Hi Grace. When are you getting the line?

Getting a PICC line really is not bad. It usually only takes a few minutes. The line is threaded up in the arm and an X-ray is taken to ensure it is in the proper place. It can be done at a doctor office or outpatient facility.

Usually you will be shown how to infuse the meds yourself and will be supervised until you are comfortable doing it on your own. Although it may seem overwhelming in the beginning, it does not take long to learn the process.

With most IV lines, the dressing and/or needle needs to be changed once a week by a medical professional, such as a home healthcare nurse. Blood work is usually taken once a week also.

With any IV line, it is very important that the site remain clean and dry at all times. An infection in the line can be deadly. If ever there is any redness or any question about how the site looks, call your doctor or nurse immediately.

There is a sleeve you can get to cover the site so you can shower without getting it wet. It is called a Mid-Arm Protector and you can get it at Brown Medical.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes okay?

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