This information will help you care for your Broviac® catheter at home. For the rest of this resource, our use of the words “you” and “your” refers to you or your child.
Caring For Your Broviac® Catheter
After your procedure, you will have 2 bandages. Your first bandage will cover a small incision (surgical cut) on your neck or chest. This bandage can be removed 48 hours after your procedure. You may have strips of adhesive tape under your bandage. The adhesive tape is used to cover your incision and should be left in place until the tape starts to peel off on its own. This should happen about 2 weeks after your procedure.
A second bandage will cover your chest where the Broviac® catheter exits your body. Do not remove this bandage. At first, your nurse will change this bandage. Your nurse will then teach you, a family member, or friend how to care for your bandage.
Keep all of your bandages and catheter dry. You can take a sponge bath. Two days after your procedure, you can sit with the lower half of your body in a tub as long as your catheter and bandage do not get wet. Your nurse will teach you how to apply an Aquagard® to keep your catheter and bandage dry. Do not go swimming.
Your catheter will need to be flushed twice a week when it's not in use. This is to keep the line from becoming clogged. Our nurses will teach you, your parents, or your family members how to do this. You will receive written instructions during that appointment.
Will my Broviac® catheter set off metal detectors?
Can I go in an MRI scanner with a Broviac® catheter?
Yes. The Broviac® catheter contains no metal and is safe for MRI scanners.
There is a crack in my Broviac® catheter. What should I do?
If your Broviac® catheter gets cracked, you are at risk for an infection. Wrap the catheter tightly in gauze or plastic wrap and come to the hospital immediately. If you have an emergency clamp, place it above the crack, along the tubing as it travels toward the chest wall.