Kristopher also has to overcome a phobia of needles every six weeks to have his portacath
Joshua, who is due to start at Inverurie Academy after the summer, has been in and out of hospital his whole life including five separate operations to install a portacath
under his arm.
But they didn't know how to access my portacath
, which is a permanent tube implanted under my skin, so I was unable to take any of my anti-sickness meds.
"When I had a portacath
put into my chest (for continuous venous administration of chemotherapy), he didn't like it because he could see it.
First thing that morning I had a quick surgical procedure under GA to insert the Portacath
in the large central vein in my neck -- one of the best inventions ever as you have the chemotherapy and all the pre-meds administered through the port, saving your veins from potential collapse.
Throughout the meeting there were other nurse speakers covering such topics as "Radial Access for Interventional Radiology procedures," "Portacath
Insertion" and "The Radiology Lounge" by Mike McAleer (Mercy Angiography, Auckland), "Advances in Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Securement, an Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) experience" by Samantha Cotton and "Inventory Management in Interventional Radiology" by Tracy Nicholls (ADHB).
Other costs include; portacath
insertion for weekly or fortnightly ERT infusions, cost of consumables used for the intravenous infusions; day-care hospitalization cost for each infusion and travel cost to hospitals.
She had a portacath
(Port-a-Cath[TM]) implantable venous access device.
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.
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.