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Procedure Overview - Vascular Access

Vascular Access plays a critical role in many patients' lives, providing medications through reliable access to the central circulatory system. Navilyst Medical helps Vascular Access professionals improve patients' lives and provide quality care by developing reliable, effective vascular access devices through which medications and fluids are administered. Navilyst Medical is continually striving to provide the latest technologies in peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), ports, and an innovative hand-held ultrasound imaging system that is designed to aid in locating and accessing veins.

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs)

Your doctor may determine that as part of your treatment, you will need to receive your medications by intravenous injection. Intravenous (IV) injection is the injection of the drug into a vein, a blood vessel that directs blood back to your heart. If your doctor has determined that your treatment will need to continue over a period of a few weeks, insertion of a PICC may make this possible. 

A PICC is a special type of catheter, a long, soft, hollow tube that may have one or two openings called lumens, that are used to deliver your medications. 

Implantable Ports

Your doctor may have determined that as part of your treatment, you will need to receive your medications by intravenous (IV) injection through an implantable port. This method of drug delivery involves infusion of your medication through an implantable port into a large vein, a blood vessel that directs blood back to your heart. 

If your doctor has determined that your treatment will need to continue over a period of months, insertion of an implantable port is intended to make this possible. 

An implantable port is a special type of device that provides long-term access to blood vessels. The port is placed just under the skin on the upper part of the chest wall. The smallest ports are often placed just under the skin on the arm.

For more information, visit:

The American Cancer Society®

The National Cancer Institute®

Vascular access plays a critical role in many patients' lives