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did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby meg » Wed Mar 10, 2004 12:18 am

by meg (1384 Posts), Wed Mar 10, 2004 12:18 am

I dont even know if I am spelling that right. They asked my sister this morning to sign consent for a pic line to be put in. They said it would greatly benifit him. They could give him lots of stuff he needs threw it and they plan to take the other lines out of his belly button after a week so they really need a line they can put stuff through. They said it carried a risk of infection and a few babies had even died from having it inserted. But they strongly suggested it so my sister consented. I guess its in by now.

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby angelical » Wed Mar 10, 2004 01:11 pm

by angelical (330 Posts), Wed Mar 10, 2004 01:11 pm

Aaron didn't have to have one, but I have heard of many other babies with them. It is a direct line in the artery that stays put, rather than having a ton of IVs all the time (I think).

Anybody out there with experience with this??

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby angelkat » Wed Mar 10, 2004 01:36 pm

by angelkat (3423 Posts), Wed Mar 10, 2004 01:36 pm

My daughter had many lines including a pic line. Attached to my signature line is my daughter's tribute site. You might want to watch it as it can show the good times and the bad times of the NICU. It really shows what life is like living in the NICU. Even though we did not have a good outcome we had many many wonderful days with our daughter. After this tribute was made we showed it to the our NICU doc's, nurses, and friends. It is showned to new doctors that enter the resident program at St. Louis Children's Hospital in hope they will know what it is like to be a parent in the NICU....



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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby sandy » Wed Mar 10, 2004 02:34 pm

by sandy (1138 Posts), Wed Mar 10, 2004 02:34 pm

Hi Meg,
Yes, my DD had one of those. I don't know how to spell it, either. I do remember being wary of the risk of infection that they told me about. My DD did not have infection with it, and it acutally was better than what was in before it. I remember so many medical terms and machines/tests/gizmos being thrown at me so quickly in the NICU, and that's probably where you're at, too. The nurses at my DD's bedside were wonderful in explaining things.

Hang in there. You and your family continue to be in my prayers.

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby taras mom » Thu Mar 11, 2004 05:21 pm

by taras mom (841 Posts), Thu Mar 11, 2004 05:21 pm

It's a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Little Tara had had one; they had to wait for a specialist to come in and place it because she was so tiny.

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby hannahsmom » Fri Apr 02, 2004 07:57 pm

by hannahsmom (1141 Posts), Fri Apr 02, 2004 07:57 pm

My daughter (26 weeker) had a pic line. I did not even really understand it at the time - I was in a daze, but I agreed to it. I actually told them to do whatever they felt necessary to save my daughter's life. We had no problems from it. Another mother in the NICU refused her son to have one. He ended up with lots of problems, not necessarily from that event. The way I looked at it was that these people knew what they were doing, and I was right. They saved my itty bitty baby's life! She's two and a half and perfect.

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby stacyc » Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:16 am

by stacyc (11 Posts), Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:16 am

I had 24weeker twins and both my girls had to have a PICC lines. Olivia who was the bigger of the 2(1.8lbs)had 2 or 3 different ones because she kept getting infections. Elizabeth who was the smaller one (15ozs)got a infection from the first one but kept her other one for almost 3mos and then didn't need it anymore. I guess sometimes you have to do what you think is best.

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby meg » Wed Apr 07, 2004 03:15 pm

by meg (1384 Posts), Wed Apr 07, 2004 03:15 pm

Ethan got an infection from his too. He is now on his 2nd one....

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby emmybree » Thu Apr 08, 2004 06:11 am

by emmybree (30 Posts), Thu Apr 08, 2004 06:11 am

Breanna did not, but Emilie did for a couple of days

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Re : did your baby have a "pic" line?

Postby maxs mom » Fri Apr 09, 2004 03:08 pm

by maxs mom (594 Posts), Fri Apr 09, 2004 03:08 pm

Max had a PICC line placed on day 10 of his NICU stay. It was pulled a day or two later because his leg started to look a little red. When the tip was analyzed, it did show bacteria clustered on the tip, but the docs assured us that it wouldn't amount to anything because the bacteria was clustered. Well, after a couple of months and 3 infections later, the worse was confirmed. Max had endocriditis (vegetation on the heart) This happened because Max has pulmonary stenosis (a narrowing in his pulmunary valve in his heart). The PS was not diagnosed until a week after the PICC line placement. Even with PS, the doctors would have recommended a PICC line though. In hindsight, I will never put a PICC line in another baby of mine until all of the veins run out on their body first (from IV sticks). My son almost died from the infections, and thankfully the endocriditis was finally correctly diagnosed and treated (but it took over two months to figure out he had it, because it is very hard to detect).
That's my two cents....

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