PICC Line Course

Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter (PICC Line)

The PICC line course offers students a comprehensive introduction to PICC line insertion. The course includes both theoretical content and clinical instruction on an anatomical model. Students will learn anatomy and physiology of the heart and veins, basic vascular ultrasound imaging, identification of appropriate PICC line candidates, how to insert and manage a PICC line using the Modified Seldinger Technique and how to recognize complications associated with PICC lines.

The course also provides a strong practical component. Students will have access to a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine and will perform PICC line procedures on a manikin. Practice will include taking relevant anatomical measurements, using appropriate site disinfection techniques, and performing a simulated introducer procedure and threading.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using PICC lines
  • Discuss the indications for PICC line therapy
  • Cannulate the vein using a PICC line
  • Discuss the anatomy of insertion and vein selection criteria
  • Understand and use ultrasound guidance for PICC insertions
  • Recognize and manage the short- and long-term complications of PICC lines
  • Develop expertise in pre-insertion evaluation and care of post-insertion PICC lines
  • Practice inserting the needle and guiding it using an ultrasound machine to access the vein or artery using the PICC Modified Seldinger Technique

RNs, LPNs and physicians who work with patient populations likely to need long-term IV therapy

CEUs: 6

This course is not for certification. If certification is desired, students need to successfully complete a Preceptorship at their hospital or medical institution to demonstrate their clinical skill.

Course Length: One session, 6 hours