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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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.
Contract awarded for cfq for the supply of direct puncture portacath kits
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.
Objective: To assess the frequency of infection of portacath in children having malignant tumours and undergoing chemotherapy, and to assess the association of the infection with already known risk factors.
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.