PICC Lines

A PICC line is a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter. It is a catheter that is placed into a large vein in the chest called the superior vena cava or SVC through a vein in the arm. These catheters are used any time a patient needs long term IV access and can allow a patient to receive IV medication and fluids either in the hospital or at home.

What should I expect?

The PICC line is placed using a combination of ultrasound and x-ray guidance. Local anesthesia is all that is needed for patient comfort.

Who should not receive a PICC?

Because a PICC line may cause clots to form in the veins in your arm patients who are on dialysis or who are expecting to go on dialysis should not receive a PICC line because these veins may be used for dialysis.

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