Question about teaching..what do you think?

  1. Hi! I am a nursing student and just started my pediatric rotation. I have a quick question about teaching. Patient is 16 y/o male just had a PICC line inserted so that he can receive medications daily when he goes home. Would it be good to teach him when to call the doctor or nurse type things such as signs and symptoms that warrant medical attention regarding the PICC line? I found this brochure and was thinking about giving it to the patient and his family as well that talks about when to call the doctor or nurse. What do yall think of my idea for teaching? I would greatly appreciate any feedback! Thank you and have a great day!
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  3. by   RNview
    Where I work, we always tell them the risk of having it and the advantages of having it. Risk of infection is our main concern and we teach them how to care for it at home. He may shower but he has to cover the PICC line with a plastic bag so it wont get wet. We give them an elastic bandage (I forgot the name of it) to cover the PICC line so it's not hanging like crazy. The dressing needs to be changed once a week in the outpatient clinic and be flushed per protocol. He needs to watch out for any signs of infection (redness, swelling, itching on the site, skin warm to touch) and report this to his MD right away. If they are going to be seen by the Home Health RN at home, we provide them their number. Ask the nurse you are working with about their policy. Every facility has their own policy and protocols to follow. Good luck!
  4. by   Tweety
    Excellent idea. The more informed the patient is about things to look out for the better. Be sure and document your teaching. Good job.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    yes, your ideas are excellent.
    people learn and retain in different ways.
    having written instructions will only reinforce what you've taught.
    keep up the good work!