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Picc (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

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

A PICC is a catheter (small tube) used to give treatments and to take blood. The catheter is inserted into an arm vein. These veins are called peripheral veins. The catheter is guided through the peripheral vein into a central vein near your heart.

PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)

Why may I need a PICC?

What do I need to know about how a PICC is placed?

What will healthcare providers teach me about the PICC?

What can I do to prevent an infection?

The area around your catheter may get infected, or you may get an infection in your bloodstream. A bloodstream infection is called a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). A CLABSI is caused by bacteria getting into your bloodstream through your catheter. This can lead to severe illness. The following are ways you can help prevent an infection:

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