Why A PICC Line Is Needed?

A PICC line is a type of catheter that is inserted into a vein in the arm and threaded through to the larger veins near the heart. It is used when intravenous (IV) treatment is needed over a long period of time, such as for cancer treatment or antibiotics. 

PICC lines are also sometimes called peripherally inserted central catheters. They can be left in place for weeks or months, and are much less likely to cause infection than other types of IV catheters. 

If you need an IV for more than a few days, your doctor may recommend a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) basic insertion course. This type of catheter is inserted into a vein in your arm and threaded through to the larger veins near your heart. 

PICC lines are also sometimes called peripherally inserted central catheters. They can be left in place for weeks or months, and they're much less likely to cause infection than other types of IV catheters.

A PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) is a long, thin tube that's inserted through a vein in your arm and passed through to the larger veins near your heart. A PICC line is often used when intravenous (IV) treatment is needed for a long period of time.

PICC lines are usually inserted by a doctor or nurse who has been trained and certified in the procedure. Some hospitals and clinics have special programs for training medical staff in PICC line insertion.