Chapter 8. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters

  1. Helen Hamilton CBE, FRCN, RGN Independent nurse consultant3 and
  2. Andrew R. Bodenham FRCA Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine4
  1. Nancy Moureau BSN, CRNI Nurse Consultant1 and
  2. Janice Gabriel Mphil, PgD, BSc, RN, FETC, ONC, Cert MHS Nurse Director2

Published Online: 7 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch8

Central Venous Catheters

Central Venous Catheters

How to Cite

Moureau, N. and Gabriel, J. (2009) Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters, in Central Venous Catheters (eds H. Hamilton and A. R. Bodenham), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750186.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Intravenous therapy, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK

  2. 4

    Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Placement and Management of peripherally inserted catheters, Hartwell, USA

  2. 2

    Central South Coast Cancer Network, South Central SHA, Oakley Road, Southampton, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019948

Online ISBN: 9780470750186



  • peripherally inserted central catheters;
  • peripheral intravenous device;
  • peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs);
  • peripherally inserted central catheters;
  • open-ended catheters;
  • midline catheters;
  • vascular access device (VAD);
  • careful patient assessment;
  • total parenteral nutrition (TPN)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Objectives

  • Peripherally inserted central catheters

  • Midline catheters

  • Patient assessment

  • Selection of patients

  • Benefits of PICCs

  • Consent and patient information

  • Measurements

  • Insertion procedures

  • Ultrasound

  • Power injection

  • Catheter rupture/damage

  • Conclusion

  • Appendix

  • References