Care and management of children with a totally implanted central venous access device: portacath
Janice Mighten Children’s respiratory and community nurse, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England
Research and advances in technology have enabled children and young people with life-limiting conditions to live longer. To maintain their well-being and quality of life many of these children usually require some form of intravenous access for treatment.
Children’s nurses should have the skills and training to ensure they are competent to practise using totally implanted central venous access devices such as portacaths (ports). This article addresses the care and management of these ports in children and the wide variation in practice that exists in the UK, and makes recommendations for practice.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e799Peer review
This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Mighten J (2019) Care and management of children with a totally implanted central venous access device: portacath. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e799
Published online: 08 May 2019