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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Preventing Infections

Hickman® Line Care

It is essential that you properly care for and clean your Hickman® line. Developing an infection can be very serious. Here are some guidelines for you and your caregiver:

  • Make sure that you or your caregiver is able to care for the Hickman® line properly. If you don't know how, ask a nurse to teach you.
  • Always wash your hands before doing any line care.
  • Clean the skin around the line, change the dressing and flush the line as you were shown in the hospital.
  • If using a cloth dressing, it must be changed at the least every two days. If the dressing gets damp, it must be changed immediately.
  • Do not go swimming or use hot tubs while you have a Hickman® line.

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