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    Question Venous Access Port

    I am a C2-C3 quad of 25 years. The veins in my arms are scarred and over-used. I am looking into a permanent access port for blood draws and IV therapy. I was told by a recommended vascular surgeon that venous access ports are only placed in the chest. As a ventilator patient I hesitate to implant anything in my chest as I was told it could damage a lung resulting in a pneumothorax and inability to utilize my cough-asssist.

    Anyone have any knowledge or experience with venous access ports? If so, where is it placed and did you have an option of position?

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grpj View Post
    I am a C2-C3 quad of 25 years. The veins in my arms are scarred and over-used. I am looking into a permanent access port for blood draws and IV therapy. I was told by a recommended vascular surgeon that venous access ports are only placed in the chest. As a ventilator patient I hesitate to implant anything in my chest as I was told it could damage a lung resulting in a pneumothorax and inability to utilize my cough-asssist.

    Anyone have any knowledge or experience with venous access ports? If so, where is it placed and did you have an option of position?

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    I have a power port implanted under my right pectoral muscle. I have had it for around 1 1/2 years. When its not being used we flush it once a month with saline and heparin. I have never heard anything about it possible damaging my lung.

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    Thank you very much for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grpj View Post
    Thank you very much for your input.
    Anytime! If you have any other questions ask away.

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    Another Power Port user here, since February 2018. C7, so no ventilator. Mine is about an inch and a half below my right clavicle. I've never had any trouble with it even though the oncologist forgot about it after installation and it didn't get used or flushed for 6 months. Fortunately no problems.

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    Thank you very much for your input

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    Never heard of the lung issue, but I will research it and if there is anything in the literature, I will post. Give me a day or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Never heard of the lung issue, but I will research it and if there is anything in the literature, I will post. Give me a day or so.
    ckf
    Thank you very much. I was told this information many years ago. It made sense to me then, but I could accept that there is now better technique, better supplies, etc.

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