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How to Flush your Picc (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about flushing my peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)?

Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to flush your catheter. He or she will also tell you how much saline to use to flush the catheter. Your provider will also tell you if you also need to use heparin. Always flush your catheter before and after you get medicine through it. If you have more than one port, you will need to flush each port.

How do I flush my PICC?

Always flush with saline first, if you also use heparin.

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