Learn about CVC, PICC and Tunneled Catheter Advantages and Disadvantages

CVC, cost effective and low cost. It can be done each time by puncture and tube placement. Its disadvantage is that every time we have chemotherapy, we have to go through a puncture to place the tube and then we have to remove the tube after the chemotherapy is finished, which means we have to puncture and place the tube several times.

 

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The second type is called PICC. This involves the use of ultrasound guidance to place a lengthy tube into the body through the brachial vein. One of the notable advantages of the PICC is that it eliminates the need for repeated punctures. Once the tube is inserted, it can serve the entire duration of the chemotherapy treatment, which is quite convenient. In fact, a PICC tube can remain in place for up to a year in certain cases.

Now, let’s talk about some of the disadvantages. Due to the tube’s extended length, regular flushing at approximately weekly intervals is required. Additionally, the PICC has a lengthy exposed section. To minimize the risk of infection, we typically use a patch to separate the tube from the surrounding area for an extended period. This precautionary measure means that during the time the tube is in place, there may be limitations when it comes to taking a thorough shower in order to prevent any potential infection.

Furthermore, routine visits to the hospital are necessary for tube flushing and maintenance. It’s worth noting that the PICC procedure is moderately cost-effective. While it offers certain advantages, it’s important to carefully weigh the potential inconveniences and maintenance requirements associated with this type of catheter.

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The third type is Tunneled Catheter. The length of the tube placement of the Tunneled Catheter is very similar to that of the CVC, but it has the advantage of burying its port under the skin, so that when the wound heals, the whole body is intact and the skin is mended, so that showering and normal life are not affected. Secondly, the exposed tube of the infusion port is shorter, and its flushing time is not as intensive as the PICC interval, and it is able to be fully maintained by performing flushing once a month, and the disadvantage is the highest price. Moreover, both insertion and removal require minor surgical procedures, which involve cutting and suturing the skin, so the choice of an infusion port involves going through two minor surgeries.

The third type is Tunneled Catheter. The length of the tube placement of the Tunneled Catheter is very similar to that of the CVC.

However, it brings an advantage by burying its port beneath the skin. This means that once the wound heals, the body remains intact and the skin is seamlessly repaired. Consequently, everyday activities like showering and normal life are not affected.

Another benefit worth mentioning is that the exposed tube of the infusion port is shorter compared to the PICC interval. As a result, the flushing time is not as frequent or intensive. In fact, performing a flushing procedure once a month is sufficient to maintain its functionality.

However, it’s important to note that the Tunneled Catheter tends to have a higher price point.

Additionally, both the insertion and removal of this catheter require minor surgical procedures. This involves making incisions and suturing the skin. Therefore, choosing an infusion port that utilizes the Tunneled Catheter involves undergoing two minor surgeries in total.

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