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 PICC lines are a modern medical device that are commonly used for patients who are in need of intravenous therapy over a long period. Unlike standard IVs which can only be used for a short period of time and can cause damage or scarring to the veins after repeated insertions, a PICC line goes in once (with careful insertion) and can remain for as long as 12 months. Nurses and doctors today have a lot of experience with them, however, PICC lines have their own risks. With guidance and proper care, these can be minimized.

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One of the best aids in going about your day is an “essentials box" which has all the things you need to manage your condition and stave off complications and attacks.

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If you’ve been recently diagnosed to require a PICC line, it can be overwhelming. To avoid PICC line complications, it’s important to know how to take care of yourself while wearing a PICC line, such as keeping it clean and hygienic with PICC line dressing changes. 

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