• Medi-port issues--how do I clean and care for a port?

    Asked by bsnow on Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Medi-port issues--how do I clean and care for a port?

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    • abrub's Avatar

      Your port is under the skin - no special care needed except if it is not being used for an extended period - then you need to have someone flush it with saline/heparin. Otherwise, your port is just a lump under your skin, used for chemo and IV procedures, but otherwise, just there.

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Agree with abrub. Probably on a rare occasion the port could possibly get infected since it is a foreign body so if you see any redness, feel tenderness or swelling, I would contact your doctor. I never had any infection issues, never needed to do anything different to wash it (the pinhole closes up just as skin does after any needle stick). Mine was annoying. I couldn't sleep or carry my purse on that side, but it was a life-saver (or should I say, vein-saver) and heaven forbid I have to do chemo again, I wouldn't get it any other way. But trust me, I got it out as soon as my oncologist told me I could.

      over 8 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar

      Is there some reason you have not discussed this with you doctor or nurse? This is not a good question to be asking on this site. Do you have a PICC or a central line? Is the line in your arm or chest? Did they go directly into the jugular vein, subclavian vein, or superior vena cava?
      There are precautions you need to take, like ensuring the caps are taped before taking a shower. In most cases, you can get the site area wet, but there are times when you need to be more careful. If you are at home, then you should have been given a schedule as to when the line should be flushed. In my case, my followup visits are scheduled so that my lines are flushed when they take weekly blood tests.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I had a power port. It was inserted as an outpatient procedure. I think I had to be careful with it as it was healing, but once the insertion point had healed I didn't need to "do" anything. If it wasn't going to be accessed for a long time (I don't remember, maybe a month...), then I would have had to go to get it flushed.

      I was very thankful for my port. I applied EMLA cream an hour before it needed to be accessed and never felt any pain with a needle stick.

      Once I was finished with chemo, rads, petscans, etc. my surgeon removed my port. That was in her office. There was a week or two that I had to be careful as I healed; now all that is left is a thin white line. : ) Ports are good!
      xoxoxo Lynn

      over 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      If you are looking for more information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Hope all is well,

      about 7 years ago

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