About PICC Lines from VAM

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New PICC Developments


Several new areas of development in PICC technology have significantly increased the spectrum of PICC uses and indications.

Product Advancements:

Most PICC insertions are performed utilizing ultrasound technology to visualize to deep, large vessels in the upper arm. However, when the catheter was advanced, little could be done to verify that the catheter progressed in the optimal direction. That has changed. Today, a significant number of PICC insertions are performed using electromagnetic visualization resulting in more accurate placement. A temporary magnetic tip in the catheter is detected by a location system which confirms general placement. This has resulted in more accurate placements of PICC lines. In addition PICCs can be utilized for a number of interventional vascular procedures, particularly in interventional cardiology replacing subclavian or jugular venous techniques. Some PICC products even allow for the safe injection of contrast materials through the lines as they have the ability to withstand great amounts of pressure.


Cardiac Monitoring of Central Venous Pressure:

With current technology, PICC lines now perform functions which previously required dedicated pressure transducers. Central venous pressure measurements can be obtained to monitor heart function in the intensive care and cardiac units. Therefore, a multi-lumened PICC can offer not only more than one line for IV access but provide a method for patient monitoring as well.


Multiple Lumes and for Multiple Access:

PICCs with multiple lumens, or ports for infusing, can be used simultaneously for different purposes such as drawing blood, infusing medications or IV fluids, administering TPN, or monitoring central venous pressure. Therefore, with a triple lumen catheter, for example, three separate and distinct access lines are available with one cannulation. The risk of drug incompatibility is virtually non-existent as it is place in a large, central vein. Occlusion is also minimized because of the blood flow in that large vein. Also, the life of a PICC is up to one year with proper care and maintenance thereby eliminating numerous venipunctures that may otherwise be required when multiple uses are required.


Neonatal PICC:

This has become a valuable adjunct in the treatment of various neonatal disorders and is a rapidly developing area for interventions and delivering treatments.


Currently and worldwide, PICC programs are available providing specialized individuals and teams to place PICCs, and in so doing, addressing health care requirements. With a PICC line in place, patients can be discharged, perhaps at home, into an environment that is conducive for a faster recovery than at a hospital. Further, due to an earlier discharge, hospitalization costs are decreased.


As technology improves current products and techniques, and due to the demand of the nursing profession from health care providers and requirements of reducing hospitalization costs, PICC lines will be a new standard in health care regimens.


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