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PICC Care

PICC.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.
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How a PICC Is Placed

Caring for the PICC at Home

Safety Guidelines for a PICC

Possible Problems with a PICC

Signs of a Problem with a PICC

If There Is a Problem with a PICC

How to Prevent a Problem with a PICC


Last Updated: 04/2013