Is an IV the same as a PICC line

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PSR1
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   Posted 10/6/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all:
My LLMD is talking about maybe doing IV: is this the same as a PICC line? Does the PICC line go all the way into the chest cavity? I would love some clarification.
Thanks,
Pam

CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/6/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
A PICC line is a more recent development using a line which is inserted into one of the large veins in the arm (usually near the bend of the elbow) from where it is threaded into the superior vena cava. The initials PICC stand for peripherally inserted central catheter.

PICC lines are normally inserted as an outpatient. Some local anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin which usually ensures the insertion is painless. The procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Once the PICC line is in place it will be taped firmly to the skin with a special transparent dressing to stop it coming out of the vein. A chest x-ray will then be taken to check the position of the line before it is used.

The PICC line can be used for taking blood for blood tests, giving chemotherapy drugs or giving blood transfusions.

An IV is put into your vein, and gives liquid to your body, such as medicine. It is not threaded through your vein.

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Harleyrider
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   Posted 10/6/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
PSR1

With my first PICC line was not a proble

The next one I had put in was more difficult

I was not relaxed enough, too anxious

Third try was a charm, but I was poked in three different places.

They only have a certain amount of time to get the line in or the
blood will clot and will not go thru the vein. And if you are tense
it makes it that much harder for the nurse to get it in also.

If you are nervous about this at all, I would recomend you ask
the doctor for something to calm you...I took xanax

But make sure you have that set up with your doc before appt for Picc

Not trying to scare you I just want you prepared if this is the option you and
your doctor are taking.

I Wish you the Best
Good Luck
 


PSR1
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   Posted 10/6/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
So do people still get regular IV antibiotics (without the PICC line) or is the PICC line now the main method of delivery for intravenous abx?

Harleyrider
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   Posted 10/6/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Picc is the main method of administiring the antibiotics.

But I have had both....Just a regular IV that is put in your
hand or arm can only stay in for 72 hrs then another
will have to be replaced in another vein.

With the PICC line it is much easier to injected yourself once a
day and make weekly trips back to the doctors to get another
weeks supply and change your dressing.

Picc Line is much more suffient and less time spent at the doctors

Hope i explained that so you can understand, but if not let me know
so I can clarify my words....

Good Luck
 


Willowrose
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   Posted 10/6/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
As a new Lyme person, I am soaking up all of this information. Can you please tell me what is the difference between a PICC line and a port? Is it just that they are in different places? Are they used for the same thing?

Rose

CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/7/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
In medicine, a port (or portacath) is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical "needle stick".

Ports are used mostly to treat hematology and oncology patients, but recently ports have been adapted also for hemodialysis patients.

The port is usually inserted in the upper chest, just below the clavicle or collar bone, leaving the patient's hands free.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_(medical)?wasRedirected=true

There is also a Midline but from what my LLMD told me,
there is a higher risk of clotting with a Midline because it is
shorter and moves around in your arm.

Midline Catheter:

What is a Midline Catheter?

A Midline Catheter is a small flexible tube put into a large vein where your elbow bends. A specially trained nurse places it at the bedside. A midline is not a surgical procedure.

Why does the doctor order a Midline Catheter?

A Midline Catheter is ordered because it can stay in your arm longer than usual in order to give you certain types of drugs such as antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids. It will be more comfortable for you because you will not have to be stuck with a needle over and over.

How long can a Midline Catheter stay in my arm?

The Midline Catheter can stay in your arm for up to four weeks as long as it is working well and not showing any signs of problems.

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