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Interventional & Vascular Radiology

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)

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.

PICC PROCEDURES: What to Expect...

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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
Home/Alternate infusion
Chemotherapy
Total Parenteral Nutrition