Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter
The peripherally inserted central catheter, or PICC line, is made of soft, biocompatible silicone. Irs small diameter makes it ideal for use in the very young and the elderly. It do not restrict arm movement or normal activity.
The catheter can remain in place for up to 3 months, sparing the patient the multiple needle sticks, interruptions in treatment and vein wasting often associated with short-term peripheral angicaths. PICC lines are simple to insert, less expensive and do not require surgery.
However, PICC lines are not a viable option for everyone. If the antecubital vessels are sclerosed, for example, the patient is not a candidate.