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« on: January 25, 2010 03:45:43 PM »

I recently read (I can't recall where) that someone was making (knitting, crocheting???) IV mitts.  I often do preemie hats, chemo caps, etc., and thought I would like to add IV mitts.  I have not been successful on Craftster or Google, so I'm asking for some help.  I am also a crocheter (not as good as knitting) so a pretty simple pattern would be great.  Thanks for your help.

Sorry, maybe I should not have abbreviated (intravenous) IV.  Hopefully this will bring a knitting or crochet pattern.  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010 12:27:25 PM »

I haven't heard of IV mitts, but I have seen patterns for 'PICC' bands.  (and 'cast socks'.. to go over a person's toes while their foot is in a cast)

Making a mitt with a thumb hole (etc) with the idea that it;'ll fit over someone's IV  (in their wrist/hand) would be problematic... IV's are placed in too many places (and they vary by individual too).  Plus (speaking as an RN) they would probably get in the way (and if someone is sick enough to need an IV, easy, immediate access to it is important). 

PICC lines, on the other hand, are being used a lot more both for in-hospital use and for long-term-care, and even home infusion (PICC lines-peripherally inserted central catheters, for those who don't know- are like really long IV lines inserted into the upper/inner arm) and having a band over them really helps to keep them out of the way (and since they are just a short sleeve, they can be easily moved out of the way).  They are much more 'stable', and kept in place for (up to) a month at a time (unlike an IV which needs to be changed every couple of days, and has a greater tendency to 'clog' or slip out of place).

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010 12:51:01 PM »

Couldn't some reversed fingerless mitts work? Just the fingers and nothing to get in the way?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010 08:36:53 PM »

Pattern for PICC arm band http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Picc_Arm_Band_Pattern__D50510220.html
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 04:32:00 AM »

Thanks everyone.  Based on mstelena's advice, I am very hesitant to do the mitts.  I was considering them being used by patients who are receiving chemo as outpatients and could have their own set of mitts to use if they'd like.  Fortunately, I am not speaking from personal experience so I don't know if even that is a good idea. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 10:56:31 AM »

i htink this is hard. but im surely trying it!

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