A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is an intravenous line that is left in place long-term to deliver fluids and medication. It has a lower rate of infection and other complications in comparison with other types of intravenous catheters, such as the subclavian vein catheter.
In placing the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), it must be confirmed that the catheter is placed in the central vein. Once placed, the date and time when the catheter is inserted must be recorded. The insertion site must not have any signs of infection. If any complications are suspected, the catheter must be removed immediately. Furthermore, when there is no medical need for the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), it should be removed right away.