Living at home with a peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC)
Video Resources for Patients and Families
The use of central venous catheters (commonly referred to as central lines) in out of hospital settings is very common as care is delivered to patients in their homes, in clinics, or in outpatient infusion centers.
The purpose of these videos is to inform patients and their families of the care provided to their central line by health care providers in order to keep the line free from complications. Their development has been a joint effort of patients and their family members, including hospital staff at Nebraska Medicine. It is hoped that the information in these videos will help patients and their families to become familiar with aspects of central line care so they can play an active role in the care of their line at home.
Central Line Care Videos
The contents of the following videos are intended to teach you basic principles of safety in the care of your central venous catheter, and are not a substitute for physician or nursing judgment or consultation with experts with respect to individual patients. Your healthcare provider will determine the specific treatment and approach to care that is best for you.
- complete video
- benefits of a central line
- complications with central lines
- receiving central line care at home or in a clinic
- hand hygiene
- accessing the central line
- cap changes
- keeping your central line open and operating
- flushing solution and frequency
- syringe size
- schedule of routine flushing of your central line
- central line dressing change
- troubleshooting problems with using the central line
- the patient's role in monitoring the central line at home