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PICC site on arm puffy, blood clot near lungs and heart. Due to not changing dressing?

Hi, My daughter in law has been the hospital for 5 wks in which they placed a picc line in her left arm . We have been asking to have the dressing changed for days and when they did we found out it needed to be changed weekly. The nurse noticed the picc site was a little puffy and found out that the dressing was never changed since placed 5 wks ago. Now she has a blood clot near her lungs and heart . Can not changing the dressing for such a long time cause this?
Asked On : Sun, 12 Aug 2012
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Not changing the dressing will not cause a blood clot. Having any kind of line in your vascular system for an extended period of time can cause a blood clot.
Answered: Sun, 26 Aug 2012
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