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What is the difference between a PICC Line and a Midline catheter?

  • Author: Alice C.
  • Create Time: 11/13/2010 00:48:43
  • Last Update Time: 11/13/2010 00:48:43

Mainly length and the duration of the catheter dwell (length of time the catheter can typically stay in the vein). A Midline is a catheter that is from 3 to 8 inches in length. Upon insertion of a Midline catheter into a vein of the upper extremity; the tip of the Midline lies in the upper arm at or below the axillary vein level distal to the shoulder (see Infusion Nurses Society (INS) 2006 standard #42.3). A PICC line extends from the antecubital area or upper arm with the tip in the superior vena cava. Dwell time of a PICC is longer than the dwell time of the Midline.

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What length of time would you leave a mid line in a patient?