I'm reviewing our Implanted Port Use and Care policy which currently states that if the non-coring needle does not touch the port base upon accessing (i.e. is too short) and patency check confirms blood return - the short needle set can be used to draw lab samples and flush/lock the port - but must not remain in the patient and cannot be used for infusion of medication.
There are no citations referenced for this guideline. Can a too short port needle be used in the way described above?
Appreciate the feedback.