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We keep our patients accessed following port placement (unless its an outpatient procedure). The dressing can be good for up to 7 days as long as site can be visualized.
Kitty Montgomery, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CPHON® | Clinical Nurse Specialist | P4, Diagnostic & Therapy Center | American Family Children’s Hospital | UW Health | KMontgomery@uwhealth.org | (office) 608.890.9679 | (pager) 608-263-6400 x7791 | Affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Our surgeons will usually ask us if we want accessed at insertion or not. If we do not have them access it, we usually try to wait 5-10 days to allow it to heal before accessing. Of note, we will often have to re apply a dressing from surgery if they leave it accessed so that we can visualize the site etc. Our most common practice is to tell them yes access it during insertion but they always verify it with us-including hemophiliacs getting port placed for factor infusions..