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It's All About Ports - DEMO


Preparations For Implanted Venous Port

To allay fear, anxiety, and for true informed consent, a thorough explanation of the reasons for insertion and procedure should be completed prior to obtaining written consent.

A port insertion is a surgical procedure performed by a licensed independent practitioner or advanced practice registered nurse. It may occur in the operating room, under general anesthesia, particularly when the insertion coincides with another surgery. This may be the case in an oncology patient who undergoes tumor removal and is expected to receive subsequent chemotherapy. The port insertion may also be performed under local anesthesia, as a day surgery or outpatient surgical procedure. The patient should have a clear understanding of the procedure and the care of the port after insertion.


Information should include, but is not limited to:

  • Where the procedure will take place
  • What anesthesia will be used
  • Where the incisions will be made for the catheter insertion and reservoir placement
  • Risks and benefits of the procedure
  • Plans for pain control post operatively, if necessary
  • Post-operative restrictions
  • General maintenance requirements of the port
Q: [Anesthesia] - When a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or anesthesiologist administers anesthesia to the patient through an I.V. line with medications as well as administer gas through an airway mask
Q: [Catheter] - A hollow tube made of plastic used for accessing the vascular system [Image]
Q: [Port] - Place of entry [Image]
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