I apologize if this has already been discussed in this forum, I couldn't find any posts about it with a search of the site... I was wondering if in other ERs the RNs access mediports and what experiences anyone may have had with the newer power ports. We frequently access mediports if the pt has them in my DEM, there's no certification or training beyond the initial orientation that is required to do so. we had an inservice about the newer power ports that pts are having placed that are great because they can use them for CT, however our inservice had taught us that when you feel the port it would be a triangle instead of square, that they would be placing the new powerports only and not using the older type, and that pts were supposed to carry cards with them identifying that they have the power port. since then i have had a few pts that had mediports placed within 6mo which based on what we were told it SHOULD be a power port, that they have no idea if its a power port, of course they aren't carrying a card with them, and the port feels square. after digging through their history in the computer we would find the notes about the placing of the device and sure enough its a power port. when i brought this up to our staff educators they were surprised as well because they were told they are only triangle shaped ports. so i'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these, and what shape they are in your pts.
sorry about the long post, sometimes i get carried aware lol :typing