Duckie, I will keep you two in my prayers as you requested. You are very wise to remain your DH's wife and not his nurse. My DH feels safest when I am his nurse; but it is becoming harder to do as his M.S. progresses and years of steroids have made his veins very fragile. It does rip my heart out each time that he blows another IV site; he still thinks I can get into his veins when the home health nurse can't; I refuse now and a special IV home health team comes out and does it.
As crazy as it sounds, I am a strong believer in the power of visualization and the mind body spirit connection. Have your Dear Hubby visualize the Vanco going into his body and destroying the MRSA (kind of like a video game with the Vanco as the good guys and the MRSA as the bad). The better he can do this, the better it should work.
Take care, Duckie. We will be thinking and praying for you.
We use PICC lines at work a lot; they have less problems than peripheral IVs. As BadBird says, never flush with a syringe smaller than 10ccs, I haven't seen a 5cc syringe rupture a line (when we started using PICCs, that was what we were using to flush); but the 10 cc size is what is reccommended now and that is what I'd stick to. As with any IV site, keep it clean and dry and inspect the site daily for redness, swelling, or drainage. My hospital uses tegaderm dressings so we can easily inspect the site and not disturb the dressing; the tegaderm dressing gets changed Q4D by the IV team using sterile technic. We flush the ports QD and PRN after meds. BTW, remember that Vanco needs to be infused for at least an hour as infusing Vanco too fast can cause Red Man Syndrome, a histamine reaction which may cause flushed face and neck, chills &/or fever, tachycardia, hypotension and hives. I've seen this reaction twice in my years of using it; and though it may look dramatic, it is easily prevented, responds to antihistamines, and you can pre-medicate with antihistamines in someone who has this reaction instead of discontinuing treatment.