PICC - Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter

A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is a long, thin tube inserted into the body through a vein in the upper arm with the end of this catheter goes into the Superior Vena Cava (SVC). 

The PICC is used  to infuse medication and nutrition, and also to draw blood when lab work is needed.  

Use of a PICC is the more efficient option when a patient needs intravenous (IV) treatment over a longer period of time, or if maintaining IV access is difficult.  

A PICC can also be used for Chemotherapy.