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.
In most cases, there’s nothing you’ll need to do to prepare for the insertion of a PICC line.
You’ll need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment so that you can check in and complete paperwork.
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.
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.