The one thing most people want to know is how is Ryan’s urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, the urine culture we sent in last Saturday re-grew the same bacterial infection. It’s one that is highly resistant to oral antibiotics.
So, what next?
Well, this means going with intravenous (IV) antibiotic infusion. Before this can happen Ryan will need to get a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line inserted. Here’s a good definition of it: “It is long, slender, small, flexible tube that is inserted into a peripheral vein, typically in the upper arm, and advanced until the catheter tip terminates in a large vein in the chest near the heart to obtain intravenous access. It is similar to other central lines as it terminates into a large vessel near the heart. However, unlike other central lines, its point of entry is from the periphery of the body the extremities. And typically the upper arm is the area of choice”.
Ryan has had several PICC lines in the past. This is a sterile procedure that takes just ten to fifteen minutes. Typically not a big deal, although the final placement must be confirmed with an x-Ray. This means Ryan will need to have this done at the hospital (which, to me, is a big deal). Removing the PICC line can be done at home when no longer needed.
- E. Coli That Cause Urinary Tract Infections are Now Resistant to Antibiotics (blogs.discovermagazine.com)