power ports - page 2

Hoping for some opinions regarding power mediports (I think bard makes them) as I am all for our patients to have a port that can be used for contrast dye for CT but my collegeus and I are finding... Read More

  1. by   RN813
    I don't see many power ports but I find the double ports quite useful for the patient needing chemo, IVF, ABX, transfusion. Or for the patient needing pain meds every 2-3 hours during an infusion!
  2. by   wrongwaydianne
    I've been a PACU/critical care/trauma/GI and now IR on the weekends nurse. I don't do IR much so I don't experience too many placements. My sister moved from AZ to NJ recently and has a power port for her scleroderma, which was put in mostly because her venous access in nearly impossible and she needs IV iron and frequent blood draws, so she's between medical insurance's and asked me to look into flushing these catheters. I did a IVC permcath placement and asked to radiologist what he thought, and he recommened she go to an ER and have placement checked and so forth. I know nothing about flushing these ports and will not harm my own sister. The label she gave me that Bard gave her gives the recommended flushing times if not used as q 4 weeks with heparinized saline, but what concentration? After reading the posts here, I'm just going to recommend that she go to the ED and explain her situation. I cannot believe the problems these things have, but I hope they can iron out the kinks for the patient's sakes. Thank you for listening. Thank God there's a place for nurses to talk to other nurses. Dianne
  3. by   ChristineN
    The facilities I currently work at don't use Power ports, but I used to work somewhere that did. I don't recall any of us having major issues frequently except for one pt. That particular pt had her power port place "pre-puberty" and once she started to get breasts it was near impossible to get a blood return. TPA did nothing to her line, and even positioning was often ineffective.
  4. by   it's hot in phoenix
    We use only power ports and love them, no heparin though and I use to use the 3/4 inch needle and would have an issue sometimes with blood retrn, but when I changed to the 1 inch needle, problem has been solved.
  5. by   wrongwaydianne
    I appreciate any replies to this, and I saw my sister yesterday. Her port is planted in the right subclavian and you can actually see the 3 dots. She is hoping to get into this nilotinib study at HSS in NY this year, and her port will be accessed use during the study. I just read all the side efffects of this drug and am leary about those, but at this point, she doesn't have much choice and she may not even be a candidate for the study because of her preexisting anemia and severe GI involvement. Time will tell. I hope to God this drug will help her and not harm her if she gets into the program. The drug has very nasty and numerous side effects. So I pray. Thanks all, Dianne
  6. by   schlemJM
    I know this is an old post but we only use 20 gauge hubers....

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