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PICC LINES

WHAT IS A PERIPHERALLY INSERTED CENTRAL CATHETER (PICC)?

A peripherally inserted central catheter or “PICC” is a thin, soft, flexible tube — an intravenous (IV) line. Treatments, such as IV medications, can be given though a PICC. Blood for laboratory tests can also be withdrawn from a PICC.

HOW IS THE PICC LINE INSERTED?

  • Your arm will be cleaned and covered with a sterile cloth to prevent infection.

  • Medicine is used to numb the area where the PICC will be placed. The PICC will be inserted into a vein just above the bend of your elbow and guided into a large vein in your chest. Most patients feel little or no discomfort during this procedure.

  • Once the PICC is in place, it is held to your arm with special tape and covered with a sterile dressing.

  • You will be able to bend your arm and use your arm just as you would without the PICC in place.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • A PICC is more comfortable compared with the many “needle sticks” that would have been needed for giving medications and drawing blood. The goal is to spare your veins from these frequent “needle sticks.”

  • A PICC can also spare your veins and blood vessels from the irritating effects of IV medications.

  • A PICC can be used in the hospital setting, nursing facility, or at home and can stay in place for weeks or months, if needed.

  • A PICC can be used for many types of IV treatments.

  • A PICC can be used to obtain most blood tests.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER?

Our specialty trained medical professionals can both place PICC lines and offer training to other professionals.

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