Important Safety Information

Important Safety Information
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An implantable port is indicated for patient therapies requiring repeated access to the vascular system. The port system can be used for infusion of medications, I.V. fluids, parenteral nutrition solutions, blood products, and for the withdrawal of blood samples.

A port is not for everyone - especially patients with a history of forming blood clots, who have had previous vascular access surgery, or who are not emotionally prepared to have an implanted medical device. Like any vascular access procedure, there is always a risk of complications, including venous blood clots, skin erosion, infection, a collapsed lung, or clotting of the port catheter. The information contained in this web site should not take the place of careful discussions with your doctor or nurse. Talk to your doctor or nurse about these and other risks, and whether a port or other treatments are right for you. Please read for additional safety information.

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Who should not receive a port?
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Patients who:

  • Have or are suspected of having an infection
  • Have a history of forming blood clots
  • Have a body size that will not allow for proper port placement or port access
  • Have had the port insertion site exposed to radiation
  • Are not emotionally prepared to have an implanted medical device
What are the possible complications associated with an implantable port?
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A port is not for everyone. It is important that you talk with your physician or nurse about the risks associated with a port and port use. Potential complications include:

  • Blood clot formation
  • Redness and inflammation at the port insertion site
  • Skin erosion
  • Bleeding at the insertion site
  • Scarring at the insertion site
  • Port catheter breakage
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Vein erosion
  • Allergic reaction to the materials of the port
  • Port rotation or flipping while implanted
  • Leakage of medicine, I.V. fluid, or chemotherapy from the port
  • Improper port access leading to medicine, IV fluid, or chemotherapy being injected into surrounding tissue of the port
  • Port clotting

Use of an implanted port carries risks associated with a minor surgical procedure and vascular access. Potential complications include:

  • Internal Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Collapsed lung
  • Fluid build up around the lungs
  • Blood clot formation
  • Accidental cutting or puncturing of blood vessels

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