In a horrible twist of fate, my 17 year old step-daughter was in a major car accident (recovering now and hopefully all will be well in time) and has a PICC line. I'm an RN on the IV team and insert and care for PICCs all the time. I guess I never realized that there is such an opposition to them in some departments of our hospital. Radiology didn't want to use it (it's a power PICC and OK for use for everything except gadolineum (?sp)), the OR didn't want to use it, and some of the nurses were upset that she's a nurse draw for labs. This poor kid has horrible veins and doesn't need any more pokes....my colleagues had trouble getting a 4 french in. I can't imagine how many times she would have been poked by now if I weren't insisting that they use the PICC. Does anyone else run into this?? I would have laughed if it hadn't been so ridiculous when the pre-op nurses said "well, we don't use PICCs. the meds don't get into the pts system as quickly as an IV!" Practically had to throw myself on top of her to prevent a poke and anesthesia finally agreed that the PICC was adequate access (and if they did have to add another line, wait until she's asleep). OK, done ranting, but is it just at my facility or do you find it elsewhere?