if a child with an perforated appendix is being discharged from hospital and is to continue receiving IV antibiotics at home, has had an IV while in hospital for IV fluids and medications, then will the child be sent home
with an Intermittent Infusion Port, or with a PICC?
Does the current IV have to be discontinued and another started with the Port or PICC, or can the current site be used?
My book says that the Intermittent Port is used for fluid or medication and it is flushed with saline or heparin and then locked.
My book says that a PICC is used for children who need IV access for a period longer than peripheral IV catheters can be adequately maintained. They are used for home antibiotic therapy and left in place for several weeks to months.