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Steps for Providers Caring for Your Central Line: PICC or Tunneled Line

Accessing/Flushing:

  • Clean your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water
  • Scrub the hub/cap with an alcohol pad for 15 seconds
  • Flush with saline
  • Administer medications/fluids
  • Flush again with saline
  • Flush with heparin, if instructed by your provider
  • Line should be flushed daily when not in use

Dressing Change:

  • Wear a mask
  • Clean the surface where you put your supplies
  • Clean your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water and put on clean gloves
  • Remove old dressing
  • Put on sterile gloves
  • Clean the site with chlorhexidine prep for 30 seconds
  • Allow skin to dry
  • Apply and date new dressing that has chlorhexidine

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