PICC Insertion

A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter is a long thin tube that is inserted into a vein in the upper arm and positioned in the body above the heart.  The catheter is designed to remain in the body for up to 6 months.  You do not need to stay in hospital while you have a PICC.  It is important to keep the patient safety card on you at all times as not all PICC’s are the same.  Check with your nurses before you leave the department if you have had a “Power PICC” inserted.

Why do I need this procedure?

Your Doctor has asked for this procedure to be performed because you require the following;

  • Chemotherapy
  • Veins that are difficult to access.
  • Your PICC can be used for taking blood and CT scans involving injection of contrast.
  • Once your treatment is complete and you no longer require the PICC it can be removed.

What should I expect?

  • The procedure can take between 15-30 mins.
  • You will be able to sit up immediately after the procedure.
  • If you need to take some time off work – please let the nurses know so they can organise a medical certificate for you. An attendance certificate can be provided for your carer.
  • You do not need to have someone accompany you home – check with the department you are attending as they may have different requirments.
  • If you have been unwell in the week leading up to your procedure date, please contact MIVIR as your procedure may need to be rebooked.

On the day of your Procedure

You will need to present to the Day Procedure Unit on the day of your appointment – your admission time will be sent to you with your appointment time.  This will allow the nurses time to complete your admission paperwork and any other tests that may be required such as blood.

You are not required to fast for this procedure.  You may continue to take any regular medication.

Please continue to take your blood pressure medication.  Please bring a list of your medications with you.

Please contact MIVIR if you are taking medication for the following conditions;

  • Diabetes,
  • Stroke,
  • Heart Conditions such as a Heart Attack or Atrial Fibrillation.
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Post Procedure
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