A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is a hollow, flexible tube (catheter) that is placed inside the large or central vein near your heart. It is used to give medicine or nutrition. It can also be used to collect blood for tests.

Example of PICC line test

Preparing for a PICC

In most cases, no preparation is needed.

Arriving for Your Appointment

You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to check in and complete paperwork.

What Happens During the Procedure?

A specially trained nurse will perform the procedure. They will numb the area where the catheter will be placed.

PICC procedures vary in length. A nurse will let you know what to expect for the length of your visit.

What Happens After the Procedure?

A nurse will provide instructions for your recovery. 

The catheter may be kept in for several days or months. Depending on the location of the catheter, you may not be able to bend your arm normally.

Patient Education (PDFs): PICC Line