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Picc Line: Frequently Asked Questions

This Picc Line FAQ is a listing of the most frequently asked questions about Picc Line. A great place to start getting answers to all your basic Picc Line questions.

What is a PICC line?

PICC stands for peripherally inserted central catheter. It is an IV inserted near the bend of the arm, but is longer and extends past the shoulder and ends just before the heart. Because it is longer and ends more central to the body it can be used for medications that require a length of therapy of more than three weeks. By using this central vein medications are less irritating to the veins than when regular short IV sites are used. ...

What are Presubscribed Line Charges (PICC)?

These charges are a FCC Mandated, per line, charge for mulitiple business lines that will appear on your monthly DCC bill for customers with more than one phone line. This charge is a result of legislation and FCC decisions regarding access reform. Access is the ability of a customer to access a carrier's network. This access is provided by the local telephone company. DCC is billed, and must pay, a per line charge for each of our customers to their local telephone company. This is a charge which must be paid each month. ...
These charges are a FCC Mandated, per line, charge for mulitiple business lines that will appear on your monthly Conquest Technologies bill for customers with more than one phone line. This charge is a result of legislation and FCC decisions regarding access reform. Access is the ability of a customer to access a carrier's network. This access is provided by the local telephone company. Conquest Technologies is billed, and must pay, a per line charge for each of our customers to their local telephone company. ...

What are the benefits of a PICC line?

Once the PICC is inserted there are no needles involved and PICC lines are easy to maintain. You will be instructed by a skilled professional on how to give yourself medications and how to care and maintain your PICC line. Your therapy can be administered in the comfort of your home, office and even when traveling.

How is a PICC line placed?

PICC lines are placed by specially trained nurses and /or doctors usually in a hospital or physicians office.

What is the PICC Charge or Federal Access Line Charge?

Under FCC rules, long distance companies must pay your local telephone company a fixed monthly per-line charge for use of their local loops or lines for multi-line businesses only. Long distance companies have opted to recover these costs by charging their customers directly. Our carrier, Global Crossing, will charge $3.75 per month for each business line after the first line. The FCC eliminated the PICC charge in July 2000 for residential and single line business customers only. ...
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What are some of the risks of a PICC line?

Although complications with PICC lines are rare, they may include, Infection, Phlebitis (Inflammation of the vein) and in very rare cases thrombus (a blood clot).

What is the difference between a PICC line and a midline?

The main differences between a PICC line and a midline are the length of the lines and the duration the catheters can stay in the vein (referred to as "dwell time"). A midline is three to eight inches long and the tip lies in the upper arm ending before the shoulder. This type of catheter is generally used for therapies lasting two to four weeks such as antibiotic therapy. A PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) is also inserted in the upper arm but its tip goes past the shoulder and stops just outside the heart. ...

What kind of activities can I do with the arm that has the PICC line in it?

As long as you don't move the arm in a rough or repetitive manner, you can use your arm and go about most daily activities. It is actually good for you to regularly move the arm. Moving the arm helps increase the circulation and "carry" the medicine through your bloodstream. Moving the arm also prevents blood and other fluids from collecting around the IV site. Strenuous activities, however, should be avoided. These include heavy lifting, snow shoveling, golf, tennis, vacuuming, and other strenuous household work. ...

What is a PICC or PIC Line?

PICC stands for: P eripherally I nserted C entral venous C atheter. This intravenous catheter is inserted through the skin, into a vein in the arm, in the region above the elbow and below the shoulder. This is a peripheral insertion. The catheter is a long , thin tube that is advanced into the body in the veins until the internal tip of the catheter is in the superior vena cava, one of the central venous system veins that carries blood to the heart.

I have a high-line PICC insertion. Can I still use BathGuard™?

Absolutely! Simply place the unit above the PICC line insertion and wrap the XBandage ™ strap in layers. Wrap tightly

Did you require numerous medications and invasive treatments like a PICC line in your previous pregnancy?

Each medication carries some potential for risk to your baby, and introduces the possibility of side-effects or medication interactions. PICC lines (or other central lines) are risky and not to be taken lightly. For those very ill, they can be life-saving and necessary, however, avoiding them is ideal. If you feel that no matter what, you will require extensive medical care, remember these present risks that you cannot always control or prevent.

What veins are displayed on Peter PICC Line?

The basilic, cephalic, median basilic, axillary, jugular, subclavian and superior vena cava veins are displayed.

What is included with a new Peter PICC Line?

Peter PICC Line includes a life-like upper torso model of the right arm, chin and neck. Components of the model include: palpable ribs, muscle tissue, arm "skin", body "skin", arm vein set, body vein set with viewable superior vena cava, fluid reservoir bag with attached tubing set and a durable soft-sided cloth carrying case with an additional pouch for supplies.

Can I insert a PICC line on the model?

Yes, a PICC line can be inserted in any of the normal access points.

Can I use betadine on Peter PICC Line?

Betadine can be used but over time slight staining may occur. Many clinicians feel this is a minor consideration when teaching proper techniques.

How do I confirm that the PICC line was inserted properly and the tip is in the SVC?

There is a viewing window between the 2nd and 4th intercostal spaces that permits the viewing of the PICC line's tip in the SVC.

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Can you withdraw and infuse from the port, tunneled central venous catheter (similar to a Hickman® catheter), and the PICC Line?

Yes, you can withdraw and infuse fluids from all the devices. When withdrawing you will get a "blood" return.

Can I demonstrate the technique of turning the chin down and toward the arm that is being accessed on Peter PICC Line?

Yes, the chin on Peter PICC Line can be rotated to the proper position to prevent the PICC line from traveling up into the jugular.
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