I work in the UK in Oncology/Haematology Nursing - I am a clinical trials nurse specialist - In answer to your query - we do use porta caths - although less than the United States. This is for several reasons.
1. We are run by a National Health Service and the time demand for theatres is extreme.
2. Portacaths are invasive and many patients do not wish to have them inserted for their treatment. Many of our chemotherapy regimes are the same or similar to the USA - consisting of say - 6 cycles of chemo every 3 or 4 weeks dependent highly on the type of cancer being treated.
3. We can, through careful cannulation technique, maintain vein patency and patient welfare and administer Chemo through a normal IV.
4. We do use portacaths where patients are known to require numerous courses of treatment over a great time period - typically in our haematology patients and our younger patient population who will be having treatment for years and whose veins and level of activity we are keen to maintain for many many years to come.
5. We do use long lines - or picc lines inserted by our specialist nurses for those patients with access issues. We also use Hickman lines where necessary.
Hope this helps!
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Do you know why port Cath are slightly not used is UK for chemotherapy treatment?
All units mainly ued what they call "cannula"...Do you have an explanation to this?
Thanks for your answers,