Learn how a peripherally inserted central catheter device is used to safely deliver long-term medications and draw blood samples.
In this common procedure, a thin, flexible catheter connected to an injection port is placed into a vein in the arm and guided through the circulatory system into a large vein above the heart. Once in place, it can be used to deliver medications and fluids.
Watch how regularly and safely cleaning your PICC line helps to keep your device working properly and prevent infection.
Learn when and how to safely change the injection cap on your PICC line.
Watch how and when to safely change and throw away soiled dressings, and how to recognize signs of infection at the insertion site.
Watch these tips to keeping your long-term PICC line infection-free and in good working order, and how to recognize infections and serious health complications.
See how your healthcare provider will quickly and easily remove your PICC line when it is no longer needed.
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.
Learn what an implanted access port is and how it works to deliver medication, fluid and nutrients to the body. It also can be used to draw blood samples when needed.
This device is a small chamber placed beneath the skin of your chest or upper arm. An access port allows your healthcare team to inject medicines and fluids into your bloodstream easily. The port can also be used to take samples of your blood.
Learn what you and your family members need to do and care for in order to keep your implanted access port working well and complication-free.
Watch how your implanted access port will be flushed to clean it on the inside in order to prevent infection and clotting.
Learn how to properly care for your implanted port to keep it infection free and in good working order to keep it in use for several weeks to months.
Learn how your implanted access port will be properly removed by your healthcare provider.
Learn what a urinary catheter is and how it works to help empty your bladder when you can't do it on your own.
Learn the proper time and method to empty and clean your drainage bag.
Learn how properly cleaning, emptying and maintaining your urinary catheter is essential to preventing infection. Also, learn the signs of infection to be aware of.
Learn about living a healthy life with your urinary catheter and taking the necessary steps to ensure it stays clean, healthy and infection free.
Learn that your catheter will be removed by your healthcare provider at the appropriate time and how to care for yourself after its removal.
During a hospital stay you may need to have a urinary catheter inserted into your bladder. However, that catheter can be a setup for a urinary-tract infection. Learn more about urinary catheter safety and simple steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one.
If you are leaving the hospital with a urinary catheter in place, you'll need to learn how to take care of it. This program offers easy instructions on cleaning and caring for your urinary catheter.
Understand what a surgical drain is and what it does to help you avoid complications, including infections, after surgery.
Learn the proper method for emptying your surgical drain to ensure your recovery from surgery is comfortable and complication free.
Learn how to properly change your surgical dressings in order to prevent infection and keep your surgical drain healthy.
Learn steps to ensure your surgical drain remains healthy and in good working order. Also, learn signs of infection to be aware of and other possible reasons to contact your healthcare provider.
Understand the factors that go into consideration when your healthcare provider decides when to remove your surgical drain.
Learn about using a central venous catheter for hemodialysis to clean your blood, if you have kidney failure.
Learn the proper steps in which a trained healthcare provider will access your central venous catheter to deliver your hemodialysis treatment.
Understand the importance of properly changing the dressings covering your CVC, in order to prevent infection.
Learn helpful everyday tips to ensure your central venous catheter stays clean, infection free, and in good working order.
Understand when CVC will be removed, and what you can expect at that time.
Understand what a tracheostomy is and why one may be needed. Also, learn the different parts of a tracheostomy and how it works to help you breathe.
Understand the recovery process from a tracheostomy and the steps that will be taken to help you adjust to living with a trach.
Watch this video to learn how to properly clean the reusable inner cannula from your tracheostomy, and the steps to take to avoid infection.
Learn how to properly care for your tracheostomy stoma to ensure you are breathing comfortably and to prevent infection.
Understand why breathing through a tracheostomy causes your body to produce more mucus and the steps you can take to avoid a mucus build-up. Also, learn what you can do to get rid of a mucus build-up when you do get one.
Learn steps for living with a tracheostomy to ensure it stays working well and infection free. Also, learn circumstances for which you should call your healthcare provider or 911.
Learn what to expect when it comes time for your tracheostomy to be removed, allowing you to breathe through your nose and mouth again.
If you or a loved one is discharged from a hospital with a tracheotomy, 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.
Watch this clip to understand what an AV graft is and how it provides a strong access area to the bloodstream for hemodialysis treatments.
Watch this clip and understand the proper way in which your AV graft will be accessed by your healthcare provider for your hemodialysis session.
Watch this clip and learn how to properly care for your AV graft to ensure it is kept infection-free and in good working order.
A nasogastric tube, also called an "NG tube," is a thin tube that is placed into your nose and is pushed down your esophagus and into your stomach. This procedure is called an "intubation." An NG tube is helpful for patients who can't eat or swallow.