My friend is worried to give her babies the PCVC? Should she be worried?
It replaces the iv's that the baby is hooked up to. I really am butchering this I know but she asked me to post this for her.
Are you asking about a central line?
That's a permanent IV inserted into the chest through a minor surgery. We opted to get one for my daughter (29 weeker) because her veins were too small for them to get a PICC line in - they tried 7 or 8 times - and rather than continuing to stick her, or risking having a vein collapse and them without IV access, we opted for one.
We only needed it for about the first week of life and then she was stable enough to have it removed. She has a minor scar (maybe a half inch) on her chest because of it. It was a difficult decision that needed to be made at around day 2 or 3 when my head was still spinning from the surprise of an early birth, but looking back I still think it was the right call becuase it was the best way to keep her safe.
Apologies if this rambing message wasn't even what you were asking about! (Lurker heading back to hiding now...)