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…
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.