How will sedation/general anesthesia affect my child?

The sedation your child received for the procedure is still in his/her system. Therefore, your child should take it easy for the rest of the day.

( ) Refer to Pediatric Sedation Form

What kind of activity can my child do?

  • Your child may do light activity/play today.
  • Your child may also return to school the following day, but cannot exercise or lift anything heavy with the arm with the PICC.
  • Do not bathe or get the area around the dressing wet for the first two days. Afterwards, cover/wrap the area with cellophane when bathing.
  • Keep the arm clean and dry.

What medicines can I give my child for pain?

You can give your child over the counter medicines, such as Tylenol® (acetaminophen) or Advil® (ibuprofen), if he/she feels some minor pain. Check with your doctor if you are not sure whether you can give your child these medicines.

How do I take care of the PICC?

Ask your primary/referring doctor for help on how to take care of the PICC over time.

When do I call my doctor?

Call your doctor if your child has any of these problems:

  • The catheter gets pulled and there is more of it visible
  • There is bleeding, oozing, swelling or redness at the insertion site
  • Numbness, pain or tingling in the arm
  • Fever, chills or shortness or breath
  • Chest pain or palpitations (heart pounding through the chest)

For questions about the PICC, call the Vascular Intervention Radiology Nurse Coordinator at 617-724-2239 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

During evening or weekend hours, call the Vascular Intervention Radiology Fellow on call at 617-726-8314 and follow the instructions.

If you believe your child’s symptoms need immediate medical evaluation, go to your nearest Emergency Department.

Nurse: ______________________________

RN Date: ___________________

These instructions were reviewed with me, and all of my questions were answered.

Parent/Guardian/Patient Signature: ________________________

Date: __________________

Rev. 7/2012. This document is intended to provide health related information so that you may be better informed. It is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice and should not be relied upon for treatment for specific medical conditions.