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    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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    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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      #3
      Thank you very much for your input.

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        #4
        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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          #5
          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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            #6
            Thank you very much for your input

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              #7
              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
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                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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