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 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™.
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.
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.