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|PICC Line Cover|
Many PICC line users are given the “fishnet” sleeve when they first have their PICC line placed, but are dismayed to find that it quickly stretches out and disintegrates in the washer. Many move on to using tube socks or other items that they cut apart to try and keep the PICC line covered and clean. The Care+Wear PICC line sleeve is a fashionable and durable alternative to keep a PICC line clean and safe. [It is machine washable.]
The pros of the Care+Wear PICC sleeve are that it is comfortable and looks nice. I wore my PICC sleeve to my
job and it fit right into a business casual setting. The material is durable, but still soft against the skin. There is a breathable mesh front that allows you to see the PICC line and keeps the area from getting moist from perspiration.
One con of the Care+Wear sleeve is that the sizing runs large. It is important to measure your arm to get an accurate fit. The sleeve is also like a straight tube, so depending on where your PICC line is placed (mine is right above the crook of my elbow) the sleeve might look baggy on the bottom. The other downside is that the sleeve slides down and could have more elastic on the top and bottom to hold it in place.
Overall, the Care+Wear product is well-made and has a lot of potential. With the correct sizing it can be a great way to cover a PICC line.
— Susan J.
LifelineLetter, May/June 2016