4. PICC Line Insertion

The length of the PICC line may be shortened if the patient is smaller in size. Once the chosen site for PICC line insertion is numb, doctors make a small incision to allow access to the blood vessel. The PICC line is slowly and gently threaded through the vessel, towards the heart. When the line reaches the larger chest vein, the line is secured. Instead of relying on tape to hold the PICC line in place, the tubing and port may be sutured at the insertion site. The guide wire is removed once the line is secured.

PICC lines insertion

digicomphoto / Getty Images


Popular Now on Facty Health


This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.