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2. Preparing the PICC Site

In order to choose a vein, specialists analyze the blood vessels in the arm and upper chest to find a vein that can adequately support a PICC line. Depending on the hospital or medical facility, the procedure may be performed in a radiology department. Preventing infection is crucial. A specially trained member of the medical team establishes a sterile field, draping the patient with a sterile cloth. The person inserting the line sterilizes the area of the arm with a cleansing solution to clean off any bacteria existing on the skin. Before inserting the PICC line, the medical professional numbs the site.

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