Frequently Asked Questions – PICC/Central
Q: Do you need to use a skin protectant prep pad when using the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device?
A: No, it is not needed with the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device unless your hospital protocol requires it.
Q: How should the skin be prepped before applying the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device?
A: When using the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device, prep and cleanse the insertion and securement area according to your facility protocol.
Q: How long can the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device remain on the patient?
A: The Clik-FIX PICC/Central device can remain on the patient anywhere from 1-7 days, depending on specific patient circumstances. Clik-FIX securement devices should be changed at least every 7 days, or when clinically indicated.
Q: Can the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device be used on frail or sensitive skin?
A: For patients that have sensitive skin, we recommend using the Clik-FIX Soft PICC (WCS-1006) or the PICC/Central Foam (WCS-1003) devices. We have made the device with adhesives and materials to make it less problematic for patients with skin sensitivities. Always follow your facility protocol and use clinical judgment when treating patients with sensitive skin. The Clik-FIX Soft PICC device has skin-friendly adhesive. It is comfortable and there are no hard plastic parts. The Clik-FIX Soft PICC device is made entirely of soft foam and flexible velcro straps. All Clik-FIX devices are contraindicated for use on compromised skin (skin with open wounds, burns, lesions, rashes, irritation, known tape or adhesive allergies, or hypersensitivity).
Q: What is the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device made of?
A: The Clik-FIX PICC/Central Tricot device (WCS-1000) is made of a breathable, woven, Teflon-coated, skin-friendly tricot material. The Clik-FIX PICC/Central Foam device (WCS-1003) is made of a polyethylene foam cushion. The locking mechanism on both WCS-1000 and WCS-1003 is made of a durable nylon plastic to reduce breakage during use. All Clik-FIX devices are latex-free.
Q: Does the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device require an alcohol prep pad to remove?
A: Always remove securement devices according to your facility protocol. In most cases, you do not need an alcohol prep pad to remove the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device. If difficulty is encountered while removing the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device, please use an alcohol prep pad to assist removal.
Q: What type of adhesive is used in the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device?
A: The Clik-FIX PICC/Central Tricot device features a medical-grade, acrylic adhesive which has been proven in the medical community to be skin-friendly for decades. The Clik-FIX PICC/Central Foam device features a medical-grade, solvent-free, acrylic adhesive with slightly less tack than the tricot device. It has a gentle formulation for patients with sensitive skin.
Q: Is your adhesive as harsh as the market-leading device?
A: No, the adhesive used on the Clik-FIX PICC/Central Tricot device (WCS-1000) is one grade below that of the market-leading device, adding to patient comfort without sacrificing securement strength. Our foam device features an even more gentle adhesive for sensitive patients.
Q: Can the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device be used with high-pressure injections?
A: Yes, the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device will secure the catheter without obstructing flow, even with high-pressure injections.
Q: Should I cover the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device with a bio-occlusive dressing?
A: Cover the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device according to your hospital protocol.
Q: What do the CDC guidelines recommend for PICC securement?
A: The CDC recommends to “use a sutureless securement device to reduce the risk of infection for intravascular catheters”. They also say the following:
“Catheter stabilization is recognized as an intervention to decrease the risk for phlebitis, catheter migration and dislodgement, and may be advantageous in preventing CRBSIs. Pathogenesis of CRBSI occurs via migration of skin flora through the percutaneous entry site. Sutureless securement devices avoid disruption around the catheter entry site and may decrease the degree of bacterial colonization. Using a sutureless securement device also mitigates the risk of sharps injury to the healthcare provider from inadvertent needlestick injury.” (source)
Q: What do the INS guidelines recommend for PICC securement?
A: The Infusion Nurses Society recommends the use of an engineered stabilization device (ESD) to avoid dislodgement and movement-related complications. The INS also recommends avoiding tape, as it is not an effective alternative to an ESD. (source)
Q: How well does the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device hold?
A: The Clik-FIX PICC/Central device was proven to withstand over 8 pounds of pull force, over twice as much as the market-leading device.
Q: Does the Clik-FIX help prevent micropistoning?
A: Yes, the Clik-FIX device helps to reduce micropistoning risk. In a study done by Victor Lange, the Clik-FIX device was proven to be 650% better at preventing micropistoning than the market-leading device. The Clik-FIX device was specifically designed to decrease the amount of micropistoing. (source)
Q: Does the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device feature an active locking mechanism?
A: Yes, the WCS-1000 and WCS-1003 both feature active locking mechanisms and are specifically engineered to stabilize the catheter, as recommended by INS. (source)
Q: Can the bio-occlusive dressing be removed without completely removing the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device?
A: Yes. Because the locking mechanism is made of nylon, the bio-occlusive dressing will not stick to it. The tricot material on the WCS-1000 is also coated in Teflon, making it resistant to sticking.
Q: Does the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device contain latex?
A: No, none of the Clik-FIX devices contain latex.
Q: What is the shelf life of the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device?
A: The shelf life of all Clik-FIX devices is 3 years.
Q: Can the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device be used in combination with a CHG disk?
A: Yes, the Clik-FIX PICC/Central Tricot (WCS-1000), PICC/Central Foam (WCS-1003), and the Soft PICC (WCS-1006) were specifically designed to accommodate a CHG disk.
Q: What is the extra foam strip used for?
A: You can use the additional foam strip to secure the j-loop, write the date/time/name, or support the IV tubing.
Q: Can the Clik-FIX PICC/Central device be put into a PICC insertion tray or a dressing change kit?
A: Yes, we can work with your PICC manufacturer to put our product in a kit.