This material must not be used for commercial purposes, or in any hospital or medical facility. Failure to comply may result in legal action.
Implanted Venous Access Port
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What is an implanted venous access port?
An implanted venous access port is a device used to give treatments and take blood. It may also be called a central venous access device (CVAD). The port is a small container that is placed under your skin, usually in your upper chest. A port can also be placed in your arm or abdomen. The port is attached to a catheter that enters a large vein.
Why do I need an implanted venous access port?
- You need long-term IV treatments. Examples include chemotherapy, antibiotics, or a bone marrow transplant. A port allows you to get these treatments at home, in a clinic, or in the hospital.
- You need blood transfusions or blood tests often. You can receive blood transfusions through your port. Healthcare providers can also collect blood samples.
- Your veins need to be protected. Chemotherapy and other medicines can damage your veins and skin.
Care AgreementYou have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.
© Copyright IBM Corporation 2020 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or IBM Watson Health
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.