Is any one aware of policies recommending a once per week reneedle to implanted ports? I am trying to justify reneedling a port once a week for an elderly long term home parenteral nutrition patient, instead of a twice a week approach. Any comments would be appreciated.
Aug 17, '98
The intravenous nurses society publishes IV nursing standards of practice. They recommend changing access devices used with implanted ports at least every 7 days. This particular standard can be found at this site http://www.ins1.org/st_st75.htm . Thier home page is www.ins.org. Hope this helps.
Oct 18, '06
The INS standards are a good resource for any IV related questions. In all my years of working with ports the policy has always been huber change every 7 days no exceptions unless of course you suspect the huber has been dislodged but even then you don't need to change the needle to prove proper access of the port.