A PICC is a peripherally inserted central catheter. This special IV is placed into a large vein in the upper arm and sometimes in the leg of an infant. The end of the PICC ends in a vein close to the heart but not in the heart.
- The PICC can stay in place for several months.
- The PICC can be a single or double lumen line. A single lumen PICC has one tubing and one cap on the end. A double lumen PICC has two separate tubings and two caps.
- A PICC is used to give medications, fluids and IV nutrition. If the PICC is big enough, it can be used to draw blood.