08 August 2012

Day 1 - Double Lumen Hickman

Today was Caleb's first day at Kapiolani.  We took him in to have a double lumen Hickman placed in his chest.  A Hickman line is "a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed."  Double lumen means there are two tubes coming off of the catheter.  They can be single or triple too...

Getting ready for the surgery
He was put under general anesthesia and the procedure was done in about 30 minutes.

I went to sleep and woke up with this tube sticking out of my chest

He still had some of the orange antiseptic on his neck after the placement.

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