Nursing Skill: Accessing a Port-a-Cath

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Hiphop101ize says:

is this something only used for breast cancer?

Eveline Labots says:

Deze naald is te lang; dit is moo wanneer je de eerste keer een naald plaatst, maar volgende keer moet een kortere naald gekozen worden.

Kaneesha Jackson says:

Hello I'm new to your channel and also a new RN grad. I have never worked in a skilled facility or hospital. Watching your skills videos do help a lot thank you for taking the time out of you day for us!

Irish Ninja says:

The port needle you're using has an antimicrobial patch on it. It's supposed to be used in place of the bio patch. On a patient the needle and and patch would be flush with the patient's port, thus negating the need to push down on the antimicrobial piece. Just FYI

Patricia Barry says:

when you placed your left hand on the patient while cleaning the site, you broke your sterile technique and then stabilized the port with your dirty hand during access.

Geo76er says:

I just had a Mediport placed on Monday. It will be accessed tomorrow. This video was very helpful to me in terms of what to expect. Thanks.

Carol Priestley says:

I have a portacath and am in hospital at the moment following chemotherapy and a bacterial infection.
staff are fantastic
only some enior nursing staff have been trained but never actually used a portacath in patient treatment. I had to ask for it to be flushed more times after use and on one occasion it back it up blood after use
staff need to be more vigilent when using and flushing and continually check that clamps are solid..

armandogonzalezrn says:

Thank you! I'm going to refer this to my students! Top peg job… Definitely one of the best educational videos I've seen!

Amanda SLC says:

Thanks for posting. I may be getting my own soon so it helps me see how the port is accessed, used, ect 🙂

Sara Lynny23 says:

Oh, I am so thankful for this video on accessing a port-a-cath!!! I'm a patient who received a port two weeks ago & will have it accessed for treatments later this week. Yikes! While I received great instructions from my surgeon on why it was necessary, how & where it would be placed, the importance of only allowing sterile technique and ONLY a HUBER needle ever coming near that thing, I still had no idea of what to expect when it was first accessed. And unfortunately all the other videos I found from patients as they were accessed for the first time looked pretty awful & freaked me out completely! But now that I have watched your instructions, I feel like I at least understand how it will be done. I also am prepared for some pain since my infusion nurses already sent me home with numbing cream to apply and cover one hour prior to accessing. Cannot thank you enough!! Also please know that nurses like you and those who are fortunate enough to learn from you, are appreciated by patients like me more than words could ever express. Yay for awesome, kind, well-taught nurses!!! You make literally all the difference in health care!!!

Tee says:

You are a God sent for this vid! We are having more and more patients come in with ports and I want to know everything about them! Question, is accessing the port, (insertion of the needle) painful to the patient? Might be a stupid question, but I've never accessed one so I'd like to be prepared moving forward. Thanks again! #nursesrule

mai RN says:

Please do PCA pump.. Thanks alot..

Tina2tu says:

Very helpful thanks!!!

Solomon Ishaq says:

Isn't the swab cleans in a circulation motion?

Rob B says:

What video I want to see next: How about a video on what sort of first aid kit we might consider buying?  And things like what items we might consider swapping for better/different ones and/or how often to replace certain expired items with new ones.

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