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.
In most cases, no preparation is needed.
You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to check in and complete paperwork.
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.
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.