How a picc line is inserted?


Are you ready to learn about the magical process known as picc line insertion? Well, hold onto your hats folks because it’s going to be a wild ride. In this article, we’ll take you through the nitty-gritty details of how a picc line is inserted and what you can expect during the procedure.

What Is A Picc Line?

Before we dive into the ins and outs of how a picc line is inserted (Prepare yourself for some medical jargon) let’s cover what exactly is a PICC line. PICC stands for Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (try saying that 5 times fast). Essentially, it’s a long, thin tube that’s threaded through one of your veins in order to give medical professionals easy access to your bloodstream.

A picc line can be used for all kinds of different reasons – like chemotherapy treatments or even just administering antibiotics over an extended period of time. Let’s not forget one other thing: having something lodged in your vein isn’t as daunting as it sounds with today’s fantastic modern medicine techniques and tools!

Step One: Preparing For The Procedure

Okay – so enough lollygagging around! You’re here because you want answers, right? Right! So let’s get down to business…

First things first: before getting started with insertion itself – there are preparations necessary such as shaving/cleaning up any hair near where they’ll insert the catheter (it could cause complications if bacterial infections develop once inserted) typically done by cleansing thoroughly last few centimetres proximal shoulder bone prior final sterilization using chlorhexidine or alcohol-based antiseptics further improving chances success without risks followed by ensuring proper surgical clothes distributed too alongside keeping medicinal equipment really clean & sterile.

Once preparation has been completed successfully making sure skin surrounding area stays sanitized, healthcare providers (don’t forget to tip them for all their hard work & expertise) will be able to begin the insertion process.

Step Two: Placing The Picc Line

At last – it’s time for the main event. To get this far, you probably have a considerable trust in yourself that you want some degree of autonomy during your medical procedures. However…it’s ultimately decided for by nurses and doctors what type of anesthesia is administered but typically mild anesthetics pose little risk compared to general anesthesia with various drugs being used as part of peripheral nerve blocks such as lidocaine while others like fentanyl or similar prescription-caliber painkillers are available depending on individual circumstance or need.

Once the patient is given the green light sedation wise things can proceed as follows:

Inserting The Catheter

The catheter itself consists of a long tube designed specifically to fit right into those veins within your arm which has been deemed perfect through ultrasound imaging – this makes properly secured placement a lot easier for qualified practitioners (“I don’t know ‘bout y’all” but imagining machine-based ultrasound monitoring sounds really cool).

An experienced nurse wearing surgical gloves will numb up where they’ll insert/perform small cut if required then thread picc line via external jugular or other neighboring vein preferably at least several inches superior proximally placed extremity centred transversely below clavicle bone along internal jugular access site recording measurements throughout its trajectory using visual aides helping prevent avulsion, thrombus formation/cannulation breaking off.

After passing these steps successfully without hiccups setting stops clamp-like devices so catheter doesn’t become dislodged somewhere between neck shoulder region–that’s important!

Seems like we’ve done everything correctly so far: congratulations!

Step Three: Finalizing The Procedure

Before completing everything- piccline dressing requires covered bandages wrapped around remainder visible tubing besides IV lumen exit site ensuring secure wrap/covering applied meticulously for utmost safety, then clean and sterilized surfaces around pic line dressing to prevent the chance of infection resulting in unwanted complications post-operation.

Once everything seemsto be squared away properly with the patients now outfitted Picc Line, removing nonessential elements like tubes/clamps so as not to interfere during their healing process – it’s just a matter of keeping them on track!


So there we have it: You’re all caught up on how a PICC line is inserted into someone’s veins! It might seem scary at first glance (were we really being all that histrionic?!), but don’t worry because overall it deserves more attention in our public discussions about improving patient experience.

Though if you’re still feeling apprehensive after reading through this article (Don’t feel bad; these things can take time) please remember that your healthcare provider is there to help explain everything ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect throughout every step of the way- God forbid any unforeseen circumstances pop up.