We are trying to put together a policy and finding the evidence has been difficult. A little background, I work at a cancer institute and we have a large amount of patients with chest ports. We strive to keep patients happy but an issue has come up. Are we doing the right thing by using the chest port for routine blood draws, not blood draws associated with chemotherapy visits? Should we be encouraging patients to have blood drawn peripherally? Are we increasing the risk for infection by accessing for blood draws? Is there an increased risk for any other complications related to this practice?
Looking forward to any and all insight.
Kim Venohr BSN, RN, OCN, CRN