Equipment Used (Access) for giving Chemotherapy
||Area of the body
||This type of line is tunnelled under the skin of the
chest wall and inserted into the large veins in the neck. The end of
the line is outside the skin about half way down the front of the chest.
|PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter)
||This is a long line inserted into a vein in the arm
and threaded up to the large veins in the neck. The end of the line
is outside the skin near the crook of the elbow.
||This is also inserted into the neck veins but the end
of the line is under the skin, usually of the chest wall. A small lump
will be palpable under the skin and this is the chamber into which,
drugs can be injected.
||These catheters are usually inserted surgically and
have ports underneath the skin of the abdomen.
||The reservoir is a chamber placed under the skin of
the scalp, this communicates via a tube with the spinal fluid. This
avoids repeated spinal tap procedures.