Port PICC Line Placement
A PICC line is used to deliver medications and other treatments into the bloodstream. It is usually implanted in under skin in the upper chest.
Your doctor might recommend a PICC line if your treatment plan requires frequent needle sticks for medicine or blood draws. Medications can be injected into the septum and blood samples can be drawn many times from the port, usually with less discomfort than the usual needle stick.
A PICC line is commonly recommended for:
- Cancer treatments. Medicines that are infused through a vein, such as some chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs.
- Liquid nutrition. If your body can’t process nutrients from food because of digestive system problems, you may need a PICC line for receiving liquid nutrition.
- Infection treatments. Antibiotics and antifungal medicines can be given through a PICC line for serious infections.
- Other medications. Some medicines can irritate the small veins, and giving these treatments through the PICC line reduces that risk.
Once your PICC line is in place, it can be used for other things, too, such as blood draws, blood transfusions, and receiving contrast material before an imaging test.