What is a PICC line?
The catheter is inserted into an arm vein (basilica, brachial, or cephalic) using ultrasound to visualize and access the vessel. The catheter is then advanced using fluoroscopy to a final tip location of the superior vena cava and right atrium. Tip location is then documented by an X-ray.
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PICC is available in single, double, or triple lumen.
PICCs have lower complication and infection rates than central lines.
Why does a patient need a PICC?
Poor peripheral vein access
Intravenous antibiotic treatment
Medications that are irritating to the peripheral vein
Multiple Intravenous Infusions
Multiple CT Scans
Total Parenteral Nutrition