What is Implantable port venous access device?

Category: Equipment

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A port (or port-a-cath) is a small medical appliance that is inserted under the skin to provide central venous access. The port is used to deliver intravenous medications that need to be delivered many times, such as in oncology or hematology.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Medication management 16 8
Collapsed veins 5 3
General health 4 1
Venous insufficiency 2 2
Breast cancer 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Implantable port venous access device

Side effect Patients
Device malfunction 1
Injection site pain 1
Pain 1
Pain in shoulder(s) 1
Shakiness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Implantable port venous access device

Dosage Patients
0.001 mg every other week 1
1 other monthly 1
1 other every other week 1
4 other monthly 1
2 g m,w,f 1
60 mg monthly 1
3 hr daily 1
200 mL every other week 1
every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Implantable port venous access device

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
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Duration

Currently using Implantable port venous access device

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5

Stopped using Implantable port venous access device

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 6
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1 patient evaluation for Implantable port venous access device

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jan 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Medication management)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: My port-a-cath has been very finicky. It was at a point that it was requiring cathflo every other month. We have started flushing my port every other week as well as keeping heparin in it. So far it has been working well...fingers crossed!

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