I have never posted but I've started reading this site for about 2 weeks and love it. I am a nursing student with 1 year left for my BSN.
I have a chest port-a-cath cause I get twice weekly magnesium sulfate infusions and was wondering about the correct care concerning the port. Some nursed do it one way and others do it a different way. First of all, when accessing the port is it always necessary to flush the port out with NS before hooking it up to the pump? And another thing, do you think the nurses should put gloves and a mask on when they access my port? None of them do. And one more question, when I get IV benedryl and phenergan during my infusion should it be diluted and can they mix the meds with the mag sulfate or do they need to flush out the line with saline while administering them.
I just thought I would ask. Its not a big deal but since my port is accessed so many times maybe it is a big deal. Thanks a lot. Curleysue.