Mid Line Insertions
Mid Line versus Picc Line, we will help you make this decision. Mid Lines are popular because they are available for use immediately after insertion and saves the cost of the x-ray.
Mid Lines are an acceptable alternative when long term antibiotics are of a shorter duration. Placement of the mid line uses the same type of aseptic techniques, nursing competency and picc line materials used for a standard picc line.
Midline catheters are used when patients do not have accessible peripheral veins or have a minimal number of adequate vessels available for administration of therapy for shorter duration (less than six months). If they are used for longer periods for IV antibiotics, for example, it is better to use a midline rather than repeatedly “sticking” patients.