What Is A PowerFlow IV Port?

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 A needle that inserts a special tube (called an IV catheter) is put in the funnel of the IV port so that blood can be withdrawn, and medicines and fluids can be given.

Where is a PowerFlow IV Port placed?

The port is placed beneath your skin during a short, minor surgical procedure. The small tube or catheter is placed inside a vein, a vessel 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.

Why might you consider a PowerFlow IV Port?

The PowerFlow® IV Port is specially designed for apheresis procedures. If you require long-term apheresis treatment, the PowerFlow® IV Port can help to provide a reliable access point. 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.


Once placed, a port can remain for as long your doctor determines you need it. While the port itself will still need to be accessed with a needle, there will be a decreased need for the sometimes painful poking and prodding when finding a peripheral vein in the arms or hands with an I.V. every time you receive treatment or have your blood drawn.

Long-term health

Since ports are typically placed in the chest, port usage can reduce the likelihood of damage to the veins in your arm or hand. This may benefit if you need blood work or I.V.s down the road.


Implanted ports, compared to other centrally placed vascular access devices, are more likely to permit you to go about your normal day-to-day activities, like showering, swimming, and jogging. Ask your doctor or nurse about specific activities and the appropriate time to resume them.

Increased privacy and appearance

With an implanted port, there is no exposed device. Implanted ports are small and can be hidden from view. No one needs to know about your treatment unless you want them to.

Did you know

If you are receiving an infusion treatment, it may involve frequent injections or infusions of medication and other fluids directly into the bloodstream. The treatment may also require that blood samples be withdrawn. An implanted port may help to decrease the discomfort of these procedures. Ask your doctor if a port is right for you.