What is a PICC line?

PICC is short for Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter. The PICC is a small tube that is placed into a vein near the bend of your elbow. The PICC line is then advanced from the arm into a vein in the chest. Medications, antibiotics, or other fluids can be given through the catheter preventing repetitive needle sticks. The PICC line can also be used for blood draws. The PICC may stay in place for several weeks or months as long as you need medications, fluids, or blood draws.

The Procedure:

You will be lying on your back with your arm extended out for the exam. Ultrasound will be used to locate a vein in your upper arm. The skin will be numbed and the doctor will insert a needle into the vein. The PICC line will be advanced. A chest x-ray will be taken to show the placement of the PICC line. Once in place, the PICC line will be secured to the skin. Normal saline will be used to flush the line. The PICC line will be capped and a dressing will be applied to the skin.

Procedure Time: 60-90 minutes

Patient Prep Preparation Instructions:

  1. No dietary prep.    

For Your Information:

  1. Please inform the technologist of any known allergies.
  2. You will be given discharge instructions prior to leaving.
  3. After registration you will go to an observation area prior to your exam. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown, and an assessment will be done before going to the Medical Imaging Department. You will be taken back to this area for a follow-up assessment.
  4. If you have any questions about getting ready for your test, please call 419-394-3335 ext. 3550 for assistance.

To better assist us with your treatment, we are asking that you bring a list of your current medications and doses. This information is very valuable and will help us to provide you with the best, most timely service possible.




Grand Lake Health System
200 St. Clair Street, St. Marys,
Ohio 45885-2400
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