What is a PICC line?

­If you’ve just heard that you or a loved one is having a PICC line fitted, you might have some questions. Why am I getting a PICC line and what does it do? We’ve answered some common questions to help explain why people may need a PICC line. If you’ve got any other FAQs you think we should add to this list, be sure to let us know.


What does PICC line stand for?

PICC stands for Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter.


Why do I need a PICC line?

There are many different reasons why people might need to have a PICC line. Essentially it comes down to needing medication that is administered intravenously (into a vein) at regular intervals, maybe every few weeks or months.


What does a PICC line do?

Babies, children and adults can all have PICC lines. They treat a number of different medical conditions. They are helpful in providing an efficient means of medication, fluids for a long period, or frequent blood sampling. Your medical provider will determine how long you have the PICC line for.


How can I keep the PICC line secure and clean?

You will be given guidance by your doctor or healthcare practitioner on how to keep your PICC line safe, so make sure you follow their instructions, including flushing your PICC line and changing the dressings. It may be recommended that only your healthcare practitioner should change the dressing, so let them know if you have any concerns.


Can I have a shower or bath with a PICC line?

Yes you can! But it’s very important you keep the PICC line dry. Our LimbO waterproof protectors are great for those with PICC lines. Select which LimbO you need using our configurator or contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to help you.