Waterproof PICC Protector?

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scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone recommend a reliable, safe waterproof PICC Protector?
 
There was a brochure in my llmd's office for Dry Pro and the pharmacist happened to suggested the exact same one so I went ahead and purchased it thinking I was getting the best protection for my PICC.  Well, I took a shower last night and when I took off the PICC protector noticed quite a bit of blood (to me any amount of blood is quite a bit and too much-lol) and sort of freaked out.  lol  I called the nursing service immediately and when the nurse arrived she told me that the PICC protector caused the problem and told me not to use this type of protector again.  She suggested plastic wrap but I'm not comfortable with wrapping my arm up and don't trust that it, or the way I wrap it, will keep the water out.  
 
Dry Pro, which is the one that supposedly caused this problem, is the type of protector that is pretty tight and then you have to pump all the air out before getting in the shower/water. 
 
I'm sure there are many people who have used Dry Pro with no problems but please be aware that for many it does cause problems.  To be on the safe side I would suggest not using this brand with a PICC.  The nurse told me that she has had a few of these incidents within the last few months and is now advising all her patients to not use Dry Pro.

georgiagirl
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I only took baths when I had my picc line. I was to afraid of getting it wet. I would rest my arm on a towel on the side of the tub while I soaked. It was to hard to change the bandage for me so I didn't chance it.

ticker
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi scorpio1060.  When I was on IV, I used the Mid-Arm Protector from Brown Medical https://www.brownmed.com/Products/StoreProductDetail29.cfm?StoreProductId=99

You also may try calling hospital supply stores and pharmacies to see if you can get one locally.


scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Georgiagirl, I might need to do what you did for a while but eventually will want a shower, if I'm brave enough after what happened last night.  lol
 
Thanks Ticker, I think I remember you posting about Brown Medical before and ordered one on-line earlier today.
 
Since last night I'm experiencing slight discomfort (not pain) and the area looks somewhat swollen.  I also think the line moved a tiny bit because I now can see a little black mark on the actual line that was not there before.  Is this normal or should I be concerned?  I had it inserted on Thursday and did not feel anything at all the first two days. 

georgiagirl
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
scorpio1960, when will you see your doctor next? How long have you had the line? Swelling is not normal and should be checked out. I don't think it's a big deal if the line has moved slightly.

ticker
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi scorpio1960.  If you are worried about how well the cover will work, you could always wrap your arm in the Press and Seal saran wrap before putting the cover on. 

I recommend calling your doctor or nurse tonight to describe your arm.  Swelling is not normal.  You do not want to take a chance with a possible infection.


scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Georgiagirl and Ticker, Thanks for the advice. I just got off the phone with the nursing service and described what I'm experiencing and what happened yesterday with the PICC protector and slight bleeding. It's only slightly swollen and I cannot see any redness. The nurse said this could be from aggravating it yesterday with the PICC Protector and I was told to wait until the morning and if it's not any better to call them and someone will come over to take a look. Of course, if it gets worse I was told to go the ER which is the last thing I want to do. lol I also called my cousin who is a nurse and she basically told me the same thing. I'm glad tomorrow is Monday because if there is a problem I'd rather go to my doctor instead of the ER. Please wish me luck.

scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/23/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
A nurse came to my home today to check my arm and said it looks fine and does not have any swelling. She told me the same thing the nurse from Saturday did - that the Dry Pro probably irritated my arm enough to cause discomfort and the bleeding I had. The nurse who came today told me the nursing company actually discussed this at a staff meeting today because quite a few of their patients have had this same problem with Dry Pro.

My intention is not to bash a product that has worked so well for so many but to warn what can happen. Yesterday, I placed an order for the waterproof mid-arm protector from Brown Medical and hope I have better luck with this product.

ticker
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   Posted 3/24/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

scorpio1960, I am glad you had it checked and it is okay.  It is always better to err on the side of caution.

I hope the new cover works well for you. 


scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/24/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ticker.
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