PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter)

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PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63W-haF-zr8


There are a number of procedures you may require over the course of your treatment. One of them is a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (or PICC for short). It’s a long, flexible tube used to deliver fluids and/or medication into your body through a vein in your arm. Using a needle and local anesthetic, a radiologist or certified nurse will insert a thin wire to guide the catheter into a large vein leading to your heart.

Once inserted, the PICC catheter will allow direct delivery of medication or fluids for several weeks without having to use a needle or IV each time. Regular care must be taken to ensure the catheter is working correctly and the dressings remain dry and clean. For example, PICC catheters require a flush of saline or other fluids at least once a week to ensure proper flow. Your nursing team will show you how this simple procedure is done.

When no longer required, the PICC can be easily removed, usually by your nurse after the last of your medication has been delivered. To learn more about the day-to-day care of your PICC catheter, consult your nurse or a
member of our care team. The information within this video is not intended to replace any advice provided to you by your health care team. For your safety, we ask that you do not act on the information within these videos without first discussing your treatment or healthy living plan with your qualified health care providers.

For more information about UHN Patient & Family Education, visit www.uhnpatienteducation.ca.


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