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 they can be very tempermental with giving blood. The majority of our patients (with these power ports) don't give blood. We are having to try all the tricks of the trade, several position changes, having the pt. cough or deep breath, several flushes and eventually cathflo. The patients are frustrated b/c eventually they have to end up getting a peripheral stick for blood test and CT will not use them w/o a blood return anyways-so the whole purpose is defeted. These ports are also difficult to access in some pts. if they are deep. It is impossible at times to find or feel the 3 dots and the area to access is mush smaller, I never miss the port but I have hit the edge many times and I have to reaccess again. I never in all the years of onc nursing have experienced so many problems, I will take the traditional ports any day.
Jan 4, '09
They don't seem to anchor as well as the traditional ports. I think this makes the needle more likely to worm out of place enough to be a PITA. Some of our pt's have to have them accessed in fluro. Once they get it, we usually don't have additional problems.
Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Jan 4, '09