I am a Vascular Access RN in Salem Oregon, and I had a few questions regarding Port-A-Cath Access training specifically by RNs in the ER. Our ER is proposing that all 144 RNs be port trained. Currently, it's only charge RNs and resources who are trained at our hospital. Before we change our protocol, I wanted to see how other places are similar to this practice or differ.
Do other hospitals restrict the number of RNs that they train in the ER for port access? Or does every ER nurse get trained? Does that affect your CLABSI rates?
Additionally, how many port attempts is considered certified for port access? Do any hospitals have their Vascular Access team perform all the port accesses?
Thanks in advance,
Natasha Sullivan, RN BSN