- A Hickman Line, which exits the body on the chest, enters the bloodstream in a vein in the neck and is threaded down into the heart (there are other brands similar to the Hickman);
- A PICC line, which exits the body on the arm and is threaded through a large vein into the heart. PICCs tends to be used shorter term than a Hickman as the PICC lines don’t last as long;
- A Port-a-Cath, which sits in a large vein, somewhere on the torso, and has a reservoir that sits under the skin. This reservoir is accessed with a needle, so an infusion can be run into the bloodstream, but has the benefit that when not connected to an infusion, you can de-access the reservoir (remove the needle) and have no external line to worry about. Active people seem to favour this option as they can be fit and active, go swimming, do sports etc. with no external line or attachment to consider.
|My first Hickman Line, single lumen|