What is a triple lumen PICC line?

PICC lines are inserted by certified PICC specialists, who use ultrasound and X-ray images to ensure that the line is in the correct spot. PICC lines can have 1-3 lumens, which allow medications to be attached and flow through the line. Additionally, blood draws for lab purposes can also be extracted from the line.

Is a triple lumen catheter a PICC?

When used in the critical care setting, a triple-lumen (TL) peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) had a very low (0%) infection rate.

What are the parts of a PICC line?

All PICCs have 1 end that goes through a vein in your upper arm up to a large vein near your heart. Outside your body, the PICC divides into 1, 2, or 3 smaller tubes called lumens. Each lumen has a needleless connector (also called a clave) and a disinfection cap on the end (see Figure 1).

How is a PICC line secured?

The catheter is secured at the entry site with a suture wing and 2 sutures. The insertion site is cleaned with an alcohol-based solution. Sterile gauze is applied and covered with clear plastic adhesive dressing, and the upper arm circumference is measured to be used as a baseline.

How long are triple lumen catheters?

All catheters (double/triple lumen Certofix B Braun) were placed blindly through the central approach using the Seldinger’s technique. The catheters were inserted to a length of 13-14 cm in right-sided catheters and to a length of 14-15 cm in left-sided catheters.

What do the colors on a PICC line mean?

The end of each lumen has a hub which is coloured. Double lumen PICCs may have a BROWN or PURPLE hub and a WHITE hub. Generally the BROWN or PURPLE lumen is used to take blood samples and for giving blood products. The WHITE lumen is used for medications and IV fluids.

Do all PICC lines have clamps?

PICCs may have more than one line and have clamps. Different companies make them, so they may look different than the one shown here, which is a Bard Power PICC. PICCs are flushed with heparin or citrate to keep them from clotting, unless your care team says otherwise.

What holds a PICC line in place?

The nurse puts a small needle into the vein, inserts the introducer needle and guides the PICC line into the vein near your heart. You have a chest x-ray afterwards to make sure that the PICC line is in the right place. After numbing the skin, the nurse places sutures to hold the PICC line in place.

How is a PICC line placed?

To place the PICC line, a needle is inserted through your skin and into the vein in your arm. Ultrasound or an X-ray might be used to confirm the placement. A small incision is made in the vein so that a thin, hollow tube (catheter) can be inserted.

What gauge is a triple lumen catheter?

Triple Lumen CVC The central port projects to the distal end of the catheter and is a 16-gauge lumen. It also has two smaller 18-gauge lumens which each project as side ports just proximal to the end of the eight-inch-long catheter.

What is the purpose of a triple lumen catheter?

We describe the use of a triple-lumen catheter inserted through the umbilical vein for infusion of vasoactive substances, fluids, and blood products, and also for withdrawal and exchange transfusion of blood and central venous pressure monitoring.

What’s the difference between a PICC line and a hickman line?

Both are use for long term intravenous access. Picc line use is shorter as compare to hickman. Hickman catheter is use tunnel line use for giving chemotherapy while picc line is use for long term antibiotics. Hickman is can not be place at bedside as compare to picc line. Picc line is inserted in arm mostly but something in neck by radiologist.

Is a PICC line the same as a central line?

In General Terms, the only difference between a PICC and Central Line is Insertion Site………Arm versus chest or neck………..The tip of the device resides in the same location………….. The PICC is a long term catheter, up to a year and a central line is a short term catheter.

How to measure a PICC line?


  • Nerve injury
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Damage to veins in your arm
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • A blocked or broken PICC line
  • How long is a PICC line good for?

    The PICC line can stay in your arm for as long as 12 months, although the average length is usually about 6 months, depending on your treatment requirements. Care of the PICC Line.