Frequently Asked Questions – Soft PICC

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Frequently Asked Questions – Soft PICC

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Q: Do you need to use a skin protectant prep pad when using a Clik-FIX Soft PICC device?

A: No, it is not needed with the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device unless your hospital protocol requires it.

Q: How long can the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device remain on the patient?

A: The Clik-FIX Soft PICC 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: Does the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device require alcohol prep pads to remove?

A: Always follow your facility protocol when removing securement devices. In most cases, you do not need alcohol prep pads to remove the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device. If difficulty is encountered while removing the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device, please use alcohol prep pads to assist removal.

Q: How should the skin be prepped before applying the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device?

A: When using the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device, prep and cleanse the insertion and securement area according to your facility protocol.

Q: Does the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device contain latex?

A: No, none of the Clik-FIX devices contain latex.

Q: What is the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device made of?

A: The Clik-FIX Soft PICC device (WCS-1006) is made of a polyethylene foam cushion. All Clik-FIX devices are latex-free.

Q: What type of adhesive is used in the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device?

A: The adhesive on the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device is a skin-friendly, medical-grade, solvent-free, acrylic adhesive.

Q: Should I cover the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device with a bio-occlusive dressing?

A: Cover the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device according to your hospital protocol.

Q: Can the Clik-FIX Soft PICC 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.

Q: Can the Clik-FIX Soft PICC 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 shelf life of the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device?

A: The shelf life of all Clik-FIX devices is 3 years.

Q: How well does the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device hold?

A: The Clik-FIX Soft PICC device was proven to withstand 6.5 pounds of pull force, more than the market leading device.

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: 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: Can the Clik-FIX Soft PICC device be used in combination with a CHG disk?

A: Yes, the Clik-FIX PICC/Central Tricot (WCS-100), PICC/Central Foam (WCS-1003), and the Soft PICC (WCS 1006) were specifically designed to accommodate a CHG disk.

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