Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)

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’s used to administer medicine or nutrition and can also be used to collect blood for testing.

  • Preparing for a PICC Procedure

    In most cases, there’s nothing you’ll need to do to prepare for the insertion of a PICC line. 

  • Arriving for Your Appointment

    You’ll need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment so that you can check in and complete paperwork. 

  • What Happens During Your PICC Procedure

    A specially trained nurse will insert your PICC line. They’ll numb the area where it will be placed in order to reduce any discomfort.

    PICC procedures vary in length. A nurse will let you know how long your procedure is expected to last. 

  • What Happens After Your PICC Procedure

    After the PICC line has been placed, you’ll be provided instructions for your recovery. 

    It’s possible that you’ll need to keep your PICC line for several days or months. Depending on its location, you might not be able to bend your arm normally.

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