Mediport Flush Protocol

Save
Mediports can be flushed using normal saline solution or heparin.
Mediports can be flushed using normal saline solution or heparin. (Image: Medical nursing syringes image by crystalsara from Fotolia.com)

Mediports are subcutaneous access ports implanted under the skin. They provide a way for long-term venous access without multiple needle pricks. They are used for treatments such as chemotherapy, intravenous medication and blood transfusions.

Implantion

Mediports are usually implanted in the patient’s chest. A small bump can be felt under the skin. This bump is the access into which the needle is inserted. Tubing can be attached to the port. A mediport can remain in place for long-term use if cared for properly.

Liquids

Flushing the mediport is necessary to keep the device open and usable. They can be flushed with normal saline or heparin. Heparin is an anti-clotting medication. The flushing solution is drawn into a syringe and injected into the port. Typically, normal saline is flushed through the port followed by heparin. A health care provider such as a physician will determine the amount and type of flushing solution.

Different types of solution can be used to flush a mediport.
Different types of solution can be used to flush a mediport. (Image: vial and syringe image by Chris Bolton from Fotolia.com)

Frequency

A physician will determine how often the mediport is to be flushed, typically, after every use. Those not used on a regular basis should be flushed every four weeks to maintain the port's ability to be accessed. Patients and family members can be trained by a medical professional on how to flush a mediport.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!