What types of mediports are being used out there? I work in oncology infusion and we started using power ports that are compatable with Ct machines that inject the dye. We had numerous problems with them. We now are requesting smart ports on our reqs. Would appriciate feedback.
We have protocols that are followed consistantly, also before we use a specific product we have inservices as well as ongoing communication with the rep. Over the past 18 years of oncology nursing ( in wich ports are the main type of catheter we use) I have never experienced so many problems. The things wev'e seen are difficulty getting blood (even after pos change, flushing, etc) difficulty accessing. The issues are happening early on too. We have used more cathflo than I ever had to use in the past. This is what we have experienced with the bard power ports, not the traditional ports. We always flush with 20 cc after blood draws followed by 5cc hep/saline-nothing smaller than a 10cc syringe. We also have our patients come in every month for flushing if their ports aren't being used.
Last edit by schlemj on Feb 16, '09