After having a central catheter inserted in their arm, some patients are told that their best option for covering and protecting the insertion site is a cut-off tube sock. Chaitenya Razdan thought there had to be a better way.

Peripherally inserted central catheters, called PICC lines, are typically inserted in a vein in the patient’s arm to provide intravenous treatments like chemotherapy or extended antibiotic therapy and are often in place for several weeks or months. Walking around with a tube sock on your arm for that long is not exactly an appealing option, but leaving the site uncovered could cause infections or other problems. 

After seeing several friends and family members go through chemotherapy – complete with tube socks on their arms – University of Virginia alumnus Chaitenya Razdan thought there had to be a better way.“Technology is evolving all around us – we now have self-driving cars, for example – but not a lot has changed in the products that people wear when they are dealing with a chronic health condition,” said Razdan, who graduated from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce in 2005 and went on to work in banking and consulting. He reached out to a friend in the fashion business, Susan Jones, and in 2014 the two of them co-founded Care+Wear.

The first product they created was an antimicrobial PICC line cover, a soft, breathable sleeve that keeps the PICC line in place, helps deter infection and includes a patented mesh window where patients, nurses and doctors can easily check on the site. The sleeves come in several colors and can even be customized with team logos. “Our PICC line covers are antimicrobial, and the antimicrobial treatment we use actually regenerates when you put in the washing machine,” Razdan said. “We also use a comfortable fabric that is super breathable and doesn’t constrict airflow like most athletic sleeves do.” CONTINUE READING