How do I access an implanted port?

While holding the port steady with your non- dominant hand, firmly insert the needle at a 90 degree angle until you feel the end of the needle hit the back of the port. Be careful not to touch the area where the needle will go into the port. D. Carefully release the needle.

Can any RN access an implanted port?

A Port, once, implanted, can stay in place for weeks or months. A physician, nurse, or medical professional can use it to.

What does accessing a port mean?

When you need IV fluids or medication, your nurse will place a needle through the access point on your implanted port. This is called accessing your port (see Figure 4). The fluid or medication will move from your implanted port through the catheter and into your bloodstream.

How many times can a port be accessed?

Because of their smaller size, arm ports are usually good for approximately 1,000 punctures while chest ports roughly 2,000.

How long can an implanted port be accessed?

Evidence points to implanted ports being safe to leave accessed for seven days. However, because of other safety concerns with implanted ports and central venous access, each individual practice center must develop policies and procedures to stipulate whether patients may leave the care area with accessed ports.

What type of needle is used to access an implanted port?

A Huber needle is a specially designed hollow needle used with a chemotherapy port (port-a-cath. The needle has a long, beveled tip that can go through your skin as well as the silicone septum of your implanted port’s reservoir.

When you access a port-a-cath what technique do you use?

Ports should be accessed using sterile procedure. When being handled for treatment, the end of the line outside of the body needs to be cleaned according to hospital policy with each use. Additionally, always wash hands before touching the catheter tip.

How long can you leave a Huber needle in a port?

A special needle, called a Huber needle, will be used to access your port. Your port is always entered using a sterile kit, while wearing sterile gloves, and a mask. The needle can be left in place for up to seven days with a special protective dressing and use of a Biopatch.

What is the best Huber needle for implantable ports?

B. Braun’s WHIN ® Safe Huber Needle is the clear choice for implantable port access, integrating the design features of two safety devices in a single huber needle – protecting clinicians from both needlestick injuries, and expelled blood and fluid.

How do you use a Huber needle?

Remove needle guard from Huber needle. Place two fingers on either side of port site with non-dominant hand to stabilize skin around port. Holding the needle with the other hand, grasp the flexible “wings” using the thumb and middle finger. Firmly insert the needle at a 90 degree angle until you feel the end of the needle hit the back of the port.

Can a nurse use a Huber needle for an IV?

A nurse certified in port access can access the port with a Huber needle for other types of IV medications and fluids. Cancer patients may be hospitalized for conditions unrelated to their cancer diagnosis; the port allows IV access with only one needle stick.

How do you maintain a Huber port?

Document placement of access and check regularly for patency. Follow your facility’s guidelines on flushing port and dressing changes. Remove needle guard from Huber needle. Wash your hands and document the port access in the patient’s chart.