We are re-working our patient education handouts. Currently we tell our patients not to lift anything heavier than 10lbs with their PICC arm. I can not find any research or statements to back this up. I do find information about rigorous excercise and repetitive motions but no pound limit. A coworker talked about heavy lifting and bearign down causing tip migration into the IJ. However by that measure, it should be no heavy lifting or bearing down. Period. Regardless of limb.
Is anyone teaching anything similar? What do you tell patients? Especially patients that use wheelchair/walker/crutches? Young moms with children?
As always, your input is greatly appreciated!