Daily Care for External Central Catheter
Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
- Take your temperature every day 2 hours after you begin your infusion.
- You should also take your temperature if you feel warm, flushed, or have chills.
- If your temperature is above 100.5 degrees, it should be taken every four hours, especially during your infusion.
- Weigh yourself every day at the same time.
- Test your blood for sugar if you are instructed.
- Notify Physician if:
- Temperature greater than 100.5 degrees
- Weight gain or loss of more than 2 Ibs per day.
- Blood sugar greater than ______ or less than ______.
- Daily temperature, weight, and blood sugar (if you are to do so) are to be recorded in your booklet. Bring this with you to each office visit.
- Change your catheter dressing three times a week and if dressing gets wet or loosened. We recommend Mon., Wed., Fri., schedule.
- Anti Coagulation (blood thinning medication). See handouts given to you on anticoagulation medications.
- Electrical Precautions
- Make sure the pump is plugged into a 120 volt 3 prong grounded outlet, or use a 3 prong adapter.
- Do not change the electrical plug or cord in any way.
- Bathing: You may take a bath or shower, however if your dressing becomes wet it ~ must be changed right away to prevent infection.
- You may swim no sooner than 6 weeks after the catheter is inserted.
- You may swim only in a CHLORINATED pool.
- You may apply an extra transparent dressing over your catheter to help keep it dry.
- Change your dressing right away after swimming to prevent infection.
- Hot weather: Perspiration can sometimes loosen your dressing. Remember to keep your dressing dry and in place to prevent infection.