Policy for insertion of Peripheral Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs)

1 Oct 2015
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Patients and public
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Peripheral Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) are defined as catheters inserted via a peripheral vein and advanced along the upper arm with the tip dwelling within the superior vena cava (SVC) near its junction with the right atrium (NAVAN 1998; RCN 2010; INS 2011).

The use of PICCs has increased in recent years due to a greater diversity of treatment modalities, an increase in ambulatory treatments and informed patient choice. Insertion of these devices is increasingly being performed by nurses, who as a result have become experts in developing skills in a procedure that was traditionally medically oriented (Dougherty, 2006).