Cardiac catheterization Caring for your child at home
Caring for the catheter placement sites
• Your child may take a shower or sponge bath the next day.
• No baths, swimming, or hot tubs (sitting in water) for 4 days.
• Gently clean the site with soap and water, pat dry, and put on a new
• Keep a Band-Aid® over the site for 3 days. Change the Band-Aid® every
• Your child may have some discomfort at the catheterization site. You may
give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen.
• There may be some bruising at the site. This should get better each day.
• Your child should have very little activity for the rest of the day. Your child
may take short walks in the home and slowly climb stairs. Quiet play only for
• Your child may return to school _______ days after the catheterization. No
physical education classes or recess for one week.
• No vigorous activities such as bike riding, climbing, competitive sports, or
heavy lifting (more than 10 pounds) for one week.
• Your child should be able to eat normally the morning after the procedure.
• If feeling well the night of the procedure your child may eat and drink.
• Some children do not feel hungry or may feel nauseous the night of the
procedure. This is to be expected and will get better. We suggest a light diet
the night of the procedure if hungry.
When to call pediatric cardiology
Call if your child has:
• Bleeding from the site. If bleeding occurs, hold pressure over the site for 10
minutes. If oozing does not stop, call one of the numbers below.
• Any change in color, temperature, or swelling of the arm or leg where the
catheterization was done.
• Severe pain, numbness, or tingling of the arm or leg where the
catheterization was done.
• A temperature greater than 100° F or 38° C.
• Significant swelling at the site.
• Redness or drainage at the site.
• Any other parental concerns
Follow-up appointment ____________________________________________________
UW/AFCH Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology Clinic:
After hours, nights, weekends, holidays, this number will give you the paging operator. Ask for the pediatric cardiologist on call. Give the operator your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 06/28/2013
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