Wisconsin Vascular Access Service, Milwaukee Wisconsin

vascular access services, PICC line placement, IV placement, Midline IV placements, skilled board certified RN's, Ultrasound guided vascular access technology.

P.O. Box 20859
Milwaukee, WI 53220
Phone: (414) 322-0909

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Wisconsin Vascular Access Services


Operations Phone: (414) 322-0909 • Business Phone: (414) 914-9434

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Wisconsin Vascular Access Service

PO BOX 20859
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53220

 Operations Phone: (414) 322-0909
 Business Phone: (414) 914-9434
 Fax: (414) 435-0218

Wisconsin Vascular Access Services


A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time (e.g. for long chemotherapy regimens, extended antibiotic therapy, or total parenteral nutrition).  Because the tip of the IV is positioned in a "central"vein, it can also be used for vesicant medications (pH <5 or >9), pressors and monitoring of central venous pressure.

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Is considered a "long-dwell" peripheral intravenous access device.  It is inserted into a larger vein in the arm.  The catheter is generally 8-10cm in length with the tip resting in the upper arm below the axillary line.  A larger arm vessel provides better drug hemodilution than the smaller vessels used for standard peripheral catheters.  The device has a longer dwell time which avoids repeated IV replacements.  Lab samples may also be obtained from a midline IV.  It may be used to administer any medication or therapy which does not require central access.

Ultrasound Guided Peripheral IV

Peripheral intravenous device (PIV)/catheters are the most commonly used intravenous device in hospitalized patients. They are primarily used for therapeutic purposes such as administration of medications, fluids and/or blood products.  Generally, Peripheral IV's have a dwell time < 96 hours, though emerging research recommends peripheral IV’s may dwell as long as there are no signs or symptoms of infection without adverse outcomes.

Central Line

A central venous catheter (CVC), also known as central line, central venous line or central venous access catheter, is a catheter placed into a large vein in the neck (internal jugular vein), chest(subclavian vein or axillary vein) or groin (femoral vein). It is used to administer medication or fluids, obtain blood tests (specifically the "central venous oxygen saturation"), and measure central venous pressure.

About Wisconsin Vascular Access Service

Wisconsin Vascular Access Service is a team of highly skilled Board Certified RN's educated in the use of ultrasound guidance and vascular access technologies.  We service 24/7 (including weekends and holidays), collaborate with the treatment team and perform a thorough assessment of the patient need and provide the most appropriate vascular access device.

Our 100% RN staff receive ongoing education in the use of ultrasound, ECG technology, CXR review and vein anatomy and preservation. We adhere to the AVA (Association of Vascular Access) and ASDIN (American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology) guidelines for the preservation of peripheral veins in patients with chronic kidney disease. Many of our staff are members of AVA and are Board Certified in Vascular Access (VA-BC).

Our Caring Staff

Our staff is specially equipped to assess for the appropriate venous access device. We’ll collaborate
with the MD and bedside RN to assure these goals are met. Our staff comes from diverse backgrounds in ICU, Emergency Services, Telemetry, Medical-Surgical, LTAC, Rehabilitation, Home care and Long -Term Care. We understand the needs of patients throughout the continuum of care.

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