Infusion Procedures

North Shore Medical Center is the first hospital in New England to employ the new peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) technology. Specially trained registered nurses perform PICC insertions for patients at NSMC Salem Hospital and NSMC Union Hospital. The Infusion Center at NSMC Union Hospital also does PICC insertions on an outpatient basis. The newest technology significantly improves the accuracy and success of PICC insertions.

Infusion Procedures – Lynn campus

  • Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertions
  • PICC removals
  • Midline insertions
  • Declot PICCs and other central venous catheters
  • Accessing/ de-accessing a portacath
  • Bone marrow biopsies


Infusion Procedures – Salem campus

  • PICC removals
  • Declot PICCs and other central venous catheters
  • Accessing/ de-accessing a portacath


About our state-of-the-art PICC insertion


The Bard Sapiens Tip Confirmation System combines ultrasound, magnetic tracking, and a specially designed electrocardiogram system.

  • The ultrasound helps the nurse find the best vein and guides the needle during insertion.
  • The magnetic tracking device allows the nurse to monitor the tip of the PICC as it moves through the veins.
  • The electrocardiogram confirms when the PICC has reached its target location and is ready for use.
Before this technology was available, a chest X-ray was required to ensure that all PICCs reached their target location. With the new system, a chest x-ray is no longer needed for more than 85% of our PICC insertions).  Learn more about the new PICC technology