A special intravenous (IV) catheter is placed in a large vein in the chest or arm. It can stay in place for as long as needed. The nurse cares for the catheter. Proper care is required to avoid infection and clotting. Different kinds of catheters may be used. Common names of these catheters are Hickman, Broviac, PICC, triple lumen, double lumen or single lumen catheters, and ports . Nutrition is given through this large vein. Your health care team (doctors, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists) can talk with you about the different types.