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PIC for diuretics

Hi My 37 year old son is in the hospital with CHF. They installed a pic line last night. What does this mean?

  1. Hi. Sorry for the late reply. Is your son out of the hospital now and doing better? A pic line is a catheter inserted into a vein. It is used when a person has to be poked a lot. It gives the doctor/nurse an access port to which to give medication or fluid. It's nice for the patient because they don't have to be poked all the time. I am not an expert on pics, but I think that gives you a basic information. Hope all is going well for you and your son. Please give us an update if you are up to it. John. heart-failure.net community moderator.



    1. It’s a common procedure for patients requiring multi doses of diuretics. Save sticking someone It’s a direct access for medical personnel in an emergency. It maybe that the quality of his veins is not easily accessible. I wouldn’t worry. I’ve had it 3 x’s. I’ve injected meds myself.

      1. Hi there, checking back in to see how your son is feeling. I hope that you are both doing well. -Lauren (team member)

        1. Hello! I actually had a pic line placed when I was diagnosed with advanced heart failure back in 2014. It was placed so they wouldn't have to keep going in my veins to take blood because it was getting harder and harder to find my veins. I hope your son is doing much better!

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