PICC - infants; PQC - infants; Pic line - infants; Per-Q cath - infants
A percutaneously inserted central catheter (PICC) is a long, very thin, soft flexible tube that is put into a small blood vessel and reaches deep into a larger blood vessel. This article addresses PICCs in babies.
WHY IS A PICC USED?
A PICC is used when a baby needs IV (intravenous) fluids or medicines over a long period of time. Regular IVs only last 1 to 3 days and need to be replaced. A PICC can stay in for 2 to 3 weeks or longer.
PICCs are often used in premature babies who cannot be fed because of bowel problems or who need IV medicines for a long time.
HOW IS A PICC PLACED?
The health care provider will:
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF HAVING A PICC PLACED?
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United States Centers for Disease Control Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. 2011 guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/pdf/guidelines/bsi-guidelines-H.pdf. Updated October 2017. Accessed January 20, 2021.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 11/9/2021
Reviewed By: Kimberly G. Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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