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A commonly used IV access option is the peripheral IV central catheter or PICC line, which shares features of both central and peripheral venous access. PICC lines are suitable for long-term vascular access for blood sampling, chemotherapy administration, and infusion of hyperosmolar solutions such as those used for total parenteral nutrition. A PICC line is composed of a thin tube of biocompatible material and an attachment hub that is inserted percutaneously into peripheral veins and advanced into a large central vein.