What is the Difference Between a PICC Line and a Peripheral IV?

What is the Difference Between a PICC Line and a Peripheral IV?

Mom comforting daughter getting IV in hospital

Intravenous (IV) therapy involves the delivery of medication, blood or fluids directly into the bloodstream. While peripheral IVs (PIVs) are more common, doctors and nurses also use peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines) when a patient requires fluids, medication, nutrients, or chemotherapy for extended periods of time. Discover the differences between these two methods and the risks associated with each type of IV treatment.