When a picc line is removed we are putting on a sterile occlusive dressing as part of the proper air embolism prevention protocol.
Our policy says that the dressing should be changed and the access site assessed every 24 hours until the site is epithelialized.
I , however, had been doing it as I saw in our HCA corporate initiative; leaving the sterile occlusive dressing on for 72 hours. This worked well, especially when we are taking picc lines out and sending patients home in a couple of hours. I would tell them to keep the dressing on for 3 days, it is ok to get wet and they can remove dressing after 3 days. ( of course to call or come to hospital if any problems)
but....since I now realize and see in the INS standards that the whole 24 hours reassessment thing is the standard. What are you all doing about the dressing on pts you are sending home that day?
Thanks in advance, Gina Ward R.N., CPAN