This instructional course has been designed for nurses caring for the patient with an implanted venous port. The use of this particular type of central venous access device is different, in some ways, from the other types of central lines. Therefore, education related specifically to the implanted venous port is crucial to the safe and effective use of the device.
In early 2021, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy, released the updated Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. The INS sets the accepted standards for infusion therapy practice for all healthcare settings. This course is based on the current best practices as defined by the Infusion Nursing Society and other governing agencies such as the CDC, and FDA.
State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the use of implanted venous ports. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Description
Chapter 2: Assessment and Preparations for Implanted Port
Chapter 3: Accessing a Port
Chapter 4: De-accessing a Port
Chapter 5: Drawing Blood from a Port
Chapter 6: Complications
Chapter 7: Resources
Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.Read Full Bio