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Care and maintenence

What is the consensus on care and maintenence post insertion. Are there still teams doing ice to the insertion site 20 min 4 times a day for 24 hours,followed by warm soaks 4 times a day for 24 hours.  Also, what is the consenus on mid arm circumference meausremments daily. 

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What are you asking? Post

What are you asking? Post Insertion of what? 

I don't think you will get a consensus about anything, every institution have their own protocols, and policy and procedures.

Personally I never heard of Ice to any venous insertion, and never heard of warm soaks.

Sorry but I do not understand you question, maybe someone else does. 

I was also confused about

I was also confused about your question. Care and maintenance for what type of catheter? I have never used ice on any catheter post insertion. I have used heat from a controlled source when there was an early stage mechanical phlebitis after a PICC insertion. I have never used it prophylactically. Mid-arm circumference for a PICC is only necessary prior to insertion and when there are clinical signs and symptoms that indicate a problem. Regular measurement does not provide useful information and it is not needed for other types of catheters. Please clarify your questions and maybe we can be more helpful. Thanks, Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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