A Hickman is a type/brand of central venous catheter. It is used to make the administration of IV medicine, blood products, and chemotherapy easier by allowing the patient to avoid a poke each time a product is needed. It is also used to draw blood for testing.
Why do you have to hide the Hickman?
For older kids/adults, hiding the Hickman may not be necessary. For little kids, bouncy dangly tubes are begging to be pulled:
Pulling on the Hickman is bad. So is getting it dirty. Germs that enter through the caps can cause serious and possibly fatal infections.
My kid has a Hickman. I'm not convinced that the Hickman Hider will work for him/her. What are my other options?
You can let it just dangle freely, which I don't recommend. You can pin it or tape it to skin or clothes. You can use the thin tube/netting that hospitals sometimes provide. You can look for some other options at the Oley Foundation resource page or the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. I could not find anything that I thought would be comfortable enough for infants/toddlers. Fabric that doesn't stretch and/or itchy components like velcro, are suboptimal, and that's all I found. Robin was a little too tempted by Velcro so many options were not a good fit for her.
Will the Hickman Hider work for non-Hickman catheters or g-tubes?
Yes! The Hiders can function as a barrier between tubes/skin when the child is hooked up to IV fluids/meds/feeds, and the pocket can hold the ends of tubes when detached. If you have any doubts or questions, contact me directly (gayle at milligear dot com). I am always happy to experiment with design tweaks if it will help a kid be more comfortable.
What are the Hickman Hiders made from?
Mostly cotton/lycra blends; occasionally fabric with slightly different content is used for the pocket tops or pockets.
What size should I get?
There are currently five different sizes in production:
- 0-9 month
- 12-18 month
Most bigger kids can follow directions and not pull on their catheters. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe bigger Hickman Hiders will be made in the future.
I want to make a donation to Milligear for Hickman Hiders. How can I do that?
Although any Hickman Hiders that I donate are truly my pleasure to give, some people do want to give back. If you absolutely insist, you can buy a promotional steel pint, or make a donation to The Robin Fund.