This is a thin, flexible tube that goes from an easy-to-reach vein to a large vein in your body just above your heart. Your medical team gives you fluids, nutrition and medicine though this tube. They can also sample your blood through this tube without sticking you with another needle. A PICC line can stay in your body for a much longer time than a regular IV.
If you're leaving the hospital with a PICC line, or peripherally inserted central catheter, it is important to know why you have the PICC line what questions to ask of your care provider and your role in maintaining it and avoiding infection. This video helps explains your PICC line care.
Doctors commonly leave this drain within the abdominal cavity after surgery. It helps prevent swelling and reduces the risk for infection. The tube is held in place by a few stitches. It is covered with a bandage. Your doctor will remove the drain when he or she determines you no longer need it.
If you or a loved one is discharged from a hospital with a tracheostomy, knowing how to care for the stoma and tracheostomy, including tips to avoid infection as well as the signs of infection, is critical to maintaining your health. This video walks through simple steps of tracheotomy care.
Having a tracheostomy can affect your ability to talk and communicate with others. A speech therapist (a person trained to help people who have problems speaking) will work with you to address these problems. If you can't talk, you can learn other ways to express your thoughts and feelings to others.
When you first get your tracheostomy (trach), you may have some trouble eating and swallowing. Most patients are able to return to their usual eating habits after healing from the surgery is complete and swallowing has improved. Here are some things to keep in mind when eating with a trach tube.
"It may take you some time to adjust to your tracheostomy. You may wonder how it will affect your daily life. You will need to make some changes, but you can get used to having a tracheostomy tube (""trach tube""). Your family, friends, and healthcare providers can help."
"With a tracheostomy, a small hole (stoma) is surgically made in your windpipe (trachea) through your neck, just below the Adam's apple. A tracheostomy tube (""trach tube"") is then placed into the stoma. Air goes into and out of your lungs through the tube. Here are answers to some common questions that people often ask about tracheostomy."
"You have had surgery to create an opening through your neck and into your trachea (windpipe). A tube (cannula) was inserted into the opening to allow you to breathe. You need to take care of your tracheostomy (""trach"") tube, the opening in your neck (stoma), and the skin around the stoma once you leave the hospital. Your healthcare team will teach you how to do this. The guidelines below will also help."