Peripherally inserted central catheter

What is Peripherally inserted central catheter?

Peripherally inserted central catheter meaning A thin, flexible tube that is inserted into a vein in the upper arm and guided (threaded) into a large vein near the heart called the vena cava. It is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, and chemotherapy and other drugs, and for taking blood samples. It avoids the need for repeated needle sticks. It is a type of central venous access device.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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