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Guide to PICC Lines

A central venous access device (CVAD) or central venous catheter (CVC) is commonly referred to as a central line. A central line is placed into the central venous vasculature and the CVAD tip is placed in the lower third of the superior vena cava or at the cavoatrial junction.

The PICC is a very small gauge catheter (3-6FR), typically 50 to 60 cm in length, inserted percutaneously into an upper extremity vein and then threaded to the superior vena cava (SVC) or cavoatrial junction (CAJ). This type of CVAD is used for short or long-term infusion therapies lasting from 7 days to months. 

PICCs come in a variety of configurations. Multi-lumen, valved, non-valved, distally or proximally valved, power injectable, antimicrobial and antiseptic catheters.  Having manufacturer's directions and details can be a helpful tool in understanding the proper care and maintenance of the catheter being used. 

Please note: These lists are for reference and educational use only. Pedagogy does not recommend the use of any product or product manufacturer. 

Download a printable copy of the Guide to PICC Lines

This resource accompanies our Current Practices in the Management of Central Lines continuing education course, which is also part of of many of our IV Certification course packages

Guide to PICC Lines

Power Injectable PICC Lines

Non-Power Injectable PICC Lines


Antimicrobial PICC Lines

Are you a manufacturer of a PICC line product  that isn't listed here? Please contact us at support@pedagogy-inc.com and we would be more than happy to list your device as well. 

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