As medical treatments and technologies continue to advance, there is an increasing need for more advanced and efficient ways to deliver medications and nutrients to patients. The PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) is one such example.
Inserting a PICC line is a relatively simple procedure that can be done in a clinic or hospital by competent radiologist or doctor. First, the area where the PICC line will be inserted is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. A small incision is then made in the skin and the PICC line is inserted. The line is then routed through the vein and into the heart, where it is secured in place with a non-stitched dressing (STATLOCK). Once the PICC line is in place, it can be used to deliver medications or nutrition.
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Throughout the procedure, it's guided by an ultrasound system and also ensure the final catheter tip is in the right placement.
The advantages of using a PICC line for long-term antibiotic or TPN delivery are numerous. First, since the PICC line does not need to be moved or adjusted, the risk of infection is greatly reduced. Additionally, the PICC line can deliver medications and nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and avoiding any potential adverse reactions to the medications. Finally, the PICC line is safer and less invasive than IVs, and can remain in place for several weeks or months, depending on the patient’s needs.
If you or a loved one are in need of long-term antibiotic or TPN delivery, talk to your doctor about the possibility of having a PICC line inserted.