What is PICC Line?

Category: Equipment

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A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC or PIC line) is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time, e.g. for long chemotherapy regimens, extended antibiotic therapy or total parenteral nutrition.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Medication management 11 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
Collapsed veins 1 2
Crohn's disease 1 1
Cystic fibrosis 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 1
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with PICC Line

Side effect Patients
Adhesive reaction 1
Nausea 1
Pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using PICC Line

Dosage Patients
daily 2
five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking PICC Line

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 13
Other 6
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 19 patients who've stopped using PICC Line

Duration

Currently using PICC Line

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using PICC Line

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 7
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1 patient evaluation for PICC Line

Jun 9, 2009 (Started Apr 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Advice & Tips: This port needs to be installed correctly the first time. My current line is too short and was pulled out of position, and causing the need for replacement.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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