An intravenous infusion (IV) using a straight needle connected to a thin catheter tube. The nurse will insert the infusion needle directly into a vein (usually in your hand or arm) and connect the catheter bag that contains the saline and medications for treatment. Whenever you need a treatment or a blood draw, the nurse will need to repeat this insertion of the needle rollers. The needle will be securely taped to the skin, so it doesn't slip out during treatment.
What is an infusion port?
An infusion port uses a port (subcutaneous) under the skin was implanted-by a surgeon. The port is located in your arm or chest and is connected via a catheter soft and thin tube that passes through the vein all the way to your heart. This catheter protects your mood during treatment. The port is an entry point that the nurse infusion can find every time you come in for a treat, and can be used to draw blood and infusion of medicines. Chemotherapy nurse will use a special type of needle to the gateway and not chasing a good mood to use. The needle will be recorded in place to prevent moving during the infusion.
Nurses can always find the port, so no extra needle sticks to find a good vein. All medicines can be provided through the door (one stop shopping, less needles). Some drugs are indicated solely through ports. Drugs can be delivered slowly, reducing side effects. Port catheter protects your spirit. Blood transfusions and platelet count may be administered through a door more affordable. Ports can be washed with heparin, to prevent blood clots. Care for the needle injury is easy, just use a bandage and keep clean the door. Bath and swim as usual, special precautions are not necessary. Medicare and insurance will cover the costs.Port Cons/risks
A surgeon should implant and remove port (requires surgery). In rare cases, it can be punctured a vein wall during installation. It is possible, but rare, for a site to be infected. If a blood clot blocks a door, it must be cleaned out before it can be used again.IV Pro
No extra cost or surgery for a port. If you need four or fewer treatments, may be useless. IV. Cons/risks
Your veins will be protected during infusions. If a vein ruptures during treatment, the drug will lose in your tissues. You can feel the drugs moving through the vein during treatment. Arm or hand may need to be warmed up before you inserting needle. Needle wound must be kept clean and dry until it heals.
National Cancer Institute. Chemotherapy and you: support for people with cancer. How is chemotherapy given? Posted on: 06/29/2007.