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.
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