Know your options

Deciding on the right vascular access device option for you goes far beyond the treatment itself—it may provide advantages to your lifestyle and comfort, as well as the long-term health of the veins in your hands and arms.

The PortReady™ Program

The PortReady™ Program is a patient information initiative focused on helping you, or a loved one, as you start infusion therapy treatment. Infusion therapy isn’t always easy, but we believe choosing the right vascular access device is an important first step. The PortReady™ Program is a resource that provides you with information regarding port placement, port access, and care.  The right information can help you to be PortReady™.

The Infusion Therapy Process

Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy is the delivery of medication or fluids through a catheter tube and into the vein. These tubes can be placed in veins of the hand or lower arm (peripheral I.V), or through devices such as a peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC), central venous catheters (CVC), or implantable ports. Talk to your healthcare provider about what’s best for you.

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 withdraws1

56% of patients

who received infusion therapy through a peripheral I.V. were unable to complete their therapy via peripheral I.V. and switched to a port2

1 C. Chernecky. “Satisfaction Versus Dissatisfaction with Venous Access Devices in Out Patient Oncology: A Pilot Study”. Oncology Nursing Forum 28:10:2001 pp 1631-1616. N=24

2 Bard Veins for Life Study: A Retrospective Multi-Centered Study to Assess the Complication Rates of Oncology Patients Accessed with Peripheral Intravenous Lines Versus Implantable Ports For Chemotherapy Administration. A database review was conducted in 175 patients from 2013-2014 to determine the adverse event malfunction rates of ports and PIVs in patients undergoing chemotherapy infusions. Data on file at BD Peripheral Intervention, Tempe, AZ.