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accessing portacaths


Can someone recommend a video tutorial? One that gets all the steps right?

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

The steps will really vary be facility. The basics will be the same, but each facility has slightly different procedures. I recommend talking with your nursing educator.


Specializes in Vascular Access. Has 32 years experience.


The first step is getting the terminology correct: Not all ports are Port-a-Caths. That is a name brand of one type of port. Implanted ports can be single or double, valved or non-valved, venous or arterial termination. As another post stated, every place you work for NEEDS to have policies and procedures for you to follow, which need to include step-by-step instructions. Do not attempt to gain knowledge of this by watching a youtube video!

Now, if your organization has videos on the proper way to do it, then I'd encourage you to assess the procedure and follow suit. If not, NEVER wing it! You want to have the best patient outcomes and that starts with YOU being competent first. SO, you should be assessed after receiving proper instruction/education. Remember RN does not equal competent, just capable.

NurseOnAMotorcycle, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN. Has 10 years experience.

Definitely ask for someone to walk you through it. Just tell them that you feel like you aren't as good as you want to be and want to have someone explain it/show it to you again.