The PowerFlow® IV Port is a power injectable apheresis port. It is a small device with a cone-shaped funnel. The IV port connects to a small flexible tube called a catheter. A special needle is put in the funnel of the IV port so that blood can be withdrawn and medicines and fluids can be given.
The PowerFlow® IV Port is specially designed for apheresis procedures. If you require long term apheresis treatment, the PowerFlow® IV Port can help with reliable access. Your doctor or nurse may also require delivery of medicine or fluids into your bloodstream. If this is the case, the PowerFlow® IV Port may be an appropriate option for your treatment.
The port is placed beneath your skin during a short surgical procedure. The small tube or catheter is placed inside a vein that takes blood to your heart. Ports are often placed in the upper chest. Your doctor will place your port where it is best suited for your treatment.
Power injectable ports allow for special fluid, called contrast media, to be infused into your blood at a high rate of power-injected Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography (CECT) or CT scans. CT scans produce quick, accurate images of your body.
9 out of 10 patients surveyed stated that port use improved their quality of life due to decreased pain associated with venipuncture, need for fewer needle sticks, and quicker blood withdraws.
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