Healthcare professionals working with oncology patients are used to handling fully implanted catheters. In recent years, PICC-port has proven to be very useful in the field. However, any vascular...
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Extravasation: Causes and treatment
Extravasation can be defined as the accidental leakage of a chemotherapy infusion into the subcutaneous tissues, and exceptionally into the pleura or mediastinum. It can be an absolute therapeutic...
Implantable ports: Causes of dysfunction you should know about
Dysfunction with implantable ports is characterized by an absence of blood reflux. It can be associated to a decrease or loss of perfusion flow. Its incidence is of 0.6 to 2.5 per 1000...
Mechanical complications of implantable ports – A testimonial of Dr Jean-Jacques Simon
The mechanical complications of an implantable port are numerous and frequent. However, they are often avoidable if the basic rules of insertion and use are known and respected. We can classify the...
The placement of PICC-ports by multidisciplinary teams – A Marta Rubio de las Cuevas interview
In this article, we interview Marta Rubio de las Cuevas on the placement of PICC-ports by multidisciplinary teams. Marta has been a nurse in the Vascular-Interventional Radiology Department at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander, which has been a pioneer in the training of multidisciplinary teams for the insertion of PICCs for 43 years…
Combining aesthetics and feasibility in PICC-port placement
The clinical study on breast cancer patients has reported a very low incidence of PICC-port failure (2.6%), similar to the figures reported for chest-ports. Therefore, PICC-ports are safe, and their use is recommended when chest ports are not an option.
Combining aesthetics and feasibility in chest port placement
How can I achieve a skillful and aesthetically pleasing chest port placement? To answer this question, I will explain how I place chest ports using the jugular then the subclavian vein.
Acute Vascular Injuries during CICC placements
Central venous catheterization (CVC) is a technique commonly used to obtain short and long-term vascular access. There are many potential risks associated with CVC insertion and that can lead to vascular injuries.
Complications in ports: pinch off syndrome
Ports, fully implanted venous devices, are the longest lasting vascular accesses and offer excellent performance in chronic ill patients, particularly oncological patients. However, the reservoir can lead to certain complications, some well known such as obstruction or infection, and others less frequent, such as pinch off syndrome.
The PICC-port revolution
Lately, the PICC-port has been heard as the “latest innovation” in the venous access algorithm. The DAV Expert app includes it in its solution of lines and the studies that are coming support this new type of vascular access as a safe, effective, efficient and aesthetic option for cancer patients.