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Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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When must I seek help when caring for a picc catheter?

Swelling: If there are signs of infection for sure but also if you develop swelling in that arm. ...Read more

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How do you use a catheter yourself?

Let me advise you: There are some differerances if you male or female. For male i will recommend this article. http://urology.iupui.edu/img/pdfs/selfcathmale06.pdf for female I am recommend this article. http://www.drugs.com/cg/how-to-catheterize-yourself-woman.html good luck. ...Read more

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How can a woman deal with postop catheter problems?

How can a woman deal with postop catheter problems?

Too vague: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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What is a hickman catheter?

Hickman catheter: A hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. ...Read more

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Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

No: Nobody can force you to do anything with your body as long as you are in a right mind. ...Read more

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Is there any pain when a catheter is taken out?

Is there any pain when a catheter is taken out?

A little.: I am assuming it is a urinary catheter you are asking about. It will be a little painful coming out, but will feel much better once you have it out. Some patients say it does not hurt at all. ...Read more

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When am I supposed to change the bandage on my piccline catheter?

Picc line bandage: Your bandage on your picc line should be changed by a health professional like a nurse. There are protocols on the frequency and method of those changes. ...Read more

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When am I supposed to flush my piccline catheter?

Depends: On type of catheter. Call your doctor or his nurse. May need home health nurse to help at first. ...Read more