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Large-volume phlebotomy with a PAS Port?
Does anyone here have experience using a PAS Port for large-volume phlebotomy?  We have a patient with hemachromatosis who has horrible peripheral access but will require ongoing phlebotomy procedures.  A PAS port seems like a good idea for the patient if it will allow good return for the volumes needed.  Any help or insights will be appreciated.  Thanks.
PAS Port is a brand name for

PAS Port is a brand name for a port placed in the upper extremity instead of the chest wall for the port pocket. All peripheral ports have a smaller port body and are rated for fewer punctures, about 700 versus 2000 sticks on the ports with a larger surface area. For phlebotomy, you might be able to do this with a large access needle on a regular chest wall port but I don't think I would even think about using a peripheral port. You should contact the port manufacturers to determine what information they may have about this procedure. Lynn 


Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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