Nova Scotia Health Authority. Hematology Patient Education Working Group, Nova Scotia Health Authority. Patient and Family Learning Centre.
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A Hickman line (catheter, or flexible tube) is a special intravenous (IV) that goes into a large vein near your heart. Topics include why a Hickman line is used, preventing infections, supplies needed, checking for blood, how to do dressing changes, flushing your line, a care schedule example as well as a list of what to do if certain problems happen in caring for your line.