Category:Necessary Lifestyle Adjustments with Your Catheter

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You have a special catheter that must be carefully protected because the end of the catheter is near your heart.  Activities that are prohibited while you have the catheter include:

  • Swimming and other water activities
  • Lifiting heavy weights or objects
  • Activities that cause profuse sweating that could loosen your dressing and allow for movement of the catheter.
  • Using sharp objects near your PICC line, including scissors.
  • Using chemicals that could damage your PICC line, such as nail polish remover or pain thinner.
  • Allowing pets to scratch or chew on your PICC line.

Do not hesitate to discuss any lifestyle activity questions you may have with your nurse or physician.

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