An Overview of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters

Leigh A. Bowe-Geddes, RN, BS, CRNI; Heather A. Nichols, RN, BSN, CRNI


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2005;5(3) 

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PICCs can provide central venous access for administration of any type of infusate. They are less invasive and have fewer potential complications than percutaneous central venous catheters, and can be left in place for an extended period of time. While not appropriate for every patient, PICCs offer an excellent alternative to frequent venipunctures and the routine use of other higher-risk, short-term central catheters. When used properly, PICCs are very reliable. Early assessment of venous access needs can facilitate PICC insertion as soon as possible in the patient's hospitalization and help prevent discomfort and repeated venipuncture.


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