About Your PICC

Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) provide access to the venous system, to allow for the delivery of medication or fluids. Typically, PICCs are used for patients who require therapy that will extend over a period of time. PICCs are usually inserted into a vein in the upper arm. Navilyst Medical's Vaxcel® PICC with PASV® Valve Technology is designed to automatically close and remain closed when not in use and automatically open for infusion or sampling. Its innovative design offers the versatility and capability to provide enhanced PICC placement and care.

Intravenous injection is the injection of a fluid into a vein, a blood vessel that directs blood back to your heart. Insertion of a PICC makes it possible to receive therapy by intravenous injection over a period of time.

A PICC is inserted into a vein. Often, a vein in your upper arm is chosen. After your skin has been cleaned to remove germs, one end of the catheter will be inserted through your skin into the vein. The catheter will be threaded through the vein until the tip of the catheter is near your heart. This is the best place to deliver the required fluids.

Sometimes x-rays are taken as the PICC is inserted. Other times, the catheter is inserted and then an x-ray is taken to make sure the catheter is in the best position.

A dressing will be placed over the area where the catheter comes out of your skin. This is called your insertion site, and the dressing will protect it.

Some PICCs have a valve designed to keep them closed when not in use, and some do not. Navilyst Medical's Vaxcel® PICC with PASV® Valve Technology is designed to automatically open when you are receiving your therapy and close when your treatment is complete. In addition, the valve is designed to stay closed during any normal increases in pressure in your veins, which might occur when you laugh or cough.

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