PICC Line Placement (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)
(Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)
A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter, or "PICC line," is a thin, soft plastic tube - like an intravenous (IV) line - that allows you to receive medicines and fluids. A PICC line stays in place for an extended period of time.
- You will lie on your back.
- The skin over the site is cleaned. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the skin.
- You will be attached to a heart monitor.
- The doctor will use IV contrast under fluoroscopy, or ultrasound may be used to find a large vein in the upper arm.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure.
- Blood work is required if you are on blood thinners (PT/PTT, INR, PLT, CBC).
- Bring a prescription from your doctor.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- You may need special preparation if you are allergic to iodine.