Many 11 Health community members are prescribed treatment through a PICC or port so that therapies can readily reach the blood stream. Today we wanted to share the story of our friends at Care+Wear, an innovative healthwear company that makes PICC Line Covers and Chest Access Shirts to help create positive and effective healing experiences for patients everywhere. Check out Care+Wear’s story, as told by CEO and Co-Founder Chat Razdan, as well the company’s advice around things to keep in mind when you first receive a PICC Line.
In 2014, a close friend of me and my co-founder was diagnosed with cancer and prescribed a PICC line for treatment. Told to wear a tube sock to protect and cover the PICC line site, our friend found that this bulky, ugly sock not only made his taxing treatment even more uncomfortable, but it also served as a constant reminder of his illness. As we saw his struggle with getting dressed and going about his daily life, we decided to create something new and better that would help patients with PICC lines live comfortably, safely and stylishly.
We quickly realized that most healthwear products on the market are focused purely on function and not on how they look or make you feel. By focusing our designs and products on patient needs, we hope we can help patients feel comfortable as they go about their everyday lives.
To address this, we worked in partnership with leading hospitals, patients, designers and clinicians to create our first product: an ultra-soft, antimicrobial, breathable and machine washable PICC Line Cover. It was very important to us to make something that was fashionable and convenient for clinicians, patients and caregivers alike. Our PICC line covers help eliminate some of the challenges of having a PICC line by making it easier to securely cover the PICC with soft, antimicrobial fabric, while allowing for breathability and visibility for your PICC line and dressing through our proprietary mesh window (patent pending). Our Covers are available in a variety of colors and designs, including a number of baseball team logos so that you can support your favorite teams while you receive treatment. By providing these key features, our hope is that our Cover, along with our other products, can help provide positive and effective healing experiences for patients everywhere.
About PICC Lines:
If you’ve recently been prescribed a PICC Line, adjusting can be difficult at first, but in the long-term it should help ease your treatment process. PICC Lines can provide multiple benefits such as:
- Additional comfort for your veins as compared with the multiple “needle sticks” needed for giving medications and drawing blood
- Sparing your veins and blood vessels from the irritating effects of IV medications
- Flexibility to administer medication in the hospital setting, nursing facility or at home
- Ability to stay in place for weeks, months, or years, if needed
Oftentimes, we are asked, “What should I be aware of with my PICC Line?” We always recommend speaking with your clinical team. That being said, once you have a PICC Line placed, do, however, be sure to look out for the following cautionary signs:
- Swelling, redness, red streaking, hot or hard area in PICC line arm
- Pain in PICC line arm
- Fever or chills
- Swelling of the hand, arm and/ or neck on the same side as the PICC line
- Leaking of fluid when you flush the catheter
If you notice these signs or if you are worried or concerned, please make sure to call your healthcare provider or PICC line care provider.
Improving patient live:
Our vision is to be a key provider of innovative healthwear for patients. We are constantly working on new products so that we can help improve the lives of patients around the world. If you have any product ideas for us, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!