What is a Hickman catheter?
A Hickman catheter is a device used for long-term intravenous access, most commonly for chemotherapy or total parenteral nutrition. The line is available in single-lumen, double-lumen, or triple-lumen models. It is ideally placed in the internal jugular vein, with the exit site tunneled several centimeters away. The catheter has an antimicrobial cuff on its surface.