late again, but with a possible answer. e coli is a persistent rascal. we usually think staph or mrsa as the most common causes of Nosocomial or hospital acquired infections, but when one is dealing with a bowel problem, you have to add e coli to the mix as one of the most common bacteria in that region.
if at any time someone had "mistakenly" not washed up properly or used correct sterile technique when preparing the TPN, any meds or other fluids given via the PICC, flushing the port or ports or accessing the site for any reason-there could be a chance of contamination. same as someone getting staph in the OR. our own bodies are covered with bacteria and they get transmitted to every surface we touch or any area our bodies come in contact with.
i know it shouldn't happen, but it does. any type of intravenous line equipment is supposed to start sterile, but once the body's first line of defense, the skin, is punctured, the outside is no longer sterile. it just takes one person not being careful in the care really.
the need for a different line may have to do with the catheter size inserted maybe? i think tpn, like blood, may require a larger diameter catheter size than just fluids or meds. though i can't remember if picc catheters are different sized like regular IV catheters, even the fancier multi-port ones they do in the subclavian area i think. too long since i did this stuff. 10 years now.
i hope things get better soon. you're in my thoughts and prayers. <3333
If a nurse like that came to me in the hospital, whatever I was feeling, I'd have the faith I'd recover because she'd/ he'd be the best omen ever. Hyde nurse rocks~~*
I told the docs that all I have to do is WALK IN A ROOM WHERE A PICC LINE IS and I will get infected.
The first one was yanked for e coli and I was sent to ICU because I have a blood/yeast infection from .. yes a Picc line
Last year I had a septic blood clot from a Picc Line
sweet lady, you have an immune system much like my own. when i had my last surgery in Feb, i came home with cellulitis, which as you might recall was inconvenient since my daughter was taking care of me IN ANOTHER STATE! hello dudes in white lab coats!! let's pay attention when people say this doesn't look or feel right! once i got over all of the little infections related to being in the hospital, i was ok. but it has made me become more of a shut-in than ever. D;
i do so understand. i hope you can get over this one soon. without picking up something else. ha! your surgical incision will be completely healed before the 2ndary infections at this rate! hang in there!