Reply To: Ports accessed at home?

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    July 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

    We allow it.  We just started tracking OP CLABSIs last year so hard to tell at this point. 

    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-01-2014 11:38 AM
    From: Stephanie Powell
    Subject: Ports accessed at home?

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: APHON Open Forum and Outpatient Staff Clinic Issues .
    Hi Everyone,

    We allow patients to go home from our clinic or inpatient unit with their port accessed if they are returning the next day.  We have recently had some requests for patients who want to stay accessed for more than one night at home.  Do any of you allow this?  If so, have you noted any increased infection rates?  We know this will impact our home care plan for heparin and will also impact the PFE, but wanted to see if other insititutions allow this practice.

    Thank you,

    Stephanie Powell, PCNS-BC
    Outpatient Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia