Port-A-Cath

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Port-A-Cath

Nursing A proprietary indwelling device that provides long-term IV access for administering TPN, blood products, drugs, high-dose chemotherapy. See Total parenteral nutrition. Cf Hickman catheter.
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In October last year staff assured Ms Cooper the swelling was due to a medical device called a portacath.
Following the diagnosis Zak was fitted with a portacath before undergoing a session of chemotherapy and laser eye surgery.
After years of being in and out of hospital, his condition deteriorated in 2013 when he got a blood infection in his portacath, an implantable venous access system used to receive medications and other fluids.
As well as regular blood transfusions, he also has a permanent portacath in the side of his chest - a small appliance under the skin connected to a vein where medicine or blood can be given.
1% died; 35% (7/20) of the infections were health care-related (3 urinary tract device-related infections, 2 cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia, 1 infection at the site of a portacath, and 1 case of cellulitis).
I also was a patient for four months in 2012 with serious complications, and had a portacath inserted as well.
I lost my hair and my veins collapsed, which was very painful so I had to have a portacath for the drug infusion but I have benefitted from research and it is good to be part of the next phase," she adds.
I became quite addicted to my old chair and my nurse, who was very good at stabbing me - you know, getting the portacath in - because, I can tell you, you don't want any fiddling about.
It should be emphasised that minor surgical interventions such as portacath implantations can be performed safely while receiving treatment with bevacizumab.
But before Daisy had a portacath operation - in which a small medical appliance was installed beneath her skin for the enzymes to be injected rather than via a needle stick - this was a traumatic process.
They'll take the portacath in her side out at the end of February or March.
The CathSling is a simple, disposable fabric necklace that supports the external access tubing of certain central venous catheters, access needles for the portacath CVC during infusions and the IV lines attached to a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC).