Reply To: Positioning During Port Access

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    June 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    We try to position the patient based on comfort.  Most of the OP patients sit up. In the ED they often ask them to lie flat as they do not always have as much experience as the ONC clinic accessing ports.

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

    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-12-2015 01:54 PM
    From: Kimberly Duback
    Subject: Positioning During Port Access

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Outpatient Staff Clinic Issues and Inpatient Staff Hospital Issues .

    How does your institution position patients when their port is accessed?  Do you require all patients to be laying flat or do you allow them to sit up during their access?  

    Basically, how do you maximize central line infection prevention in terms of maintaining a child in a position that is best for site sterility while also meeting the developmental and emotional needs of the child?

    Thank you!

    Kimberly Duback, APN

    Advocate Children’s Hospital

    Oak Lawn, IL
    United States