Our city wide radiology service began placing the BARD Apherisis Powerflow port. The previous rep for company trained another hospital VAT that if the catheter is being accessed for other than apherisis then the access needle does not need to be a 14 or 16 ga, you can use a 20 ga. but it must be at least 1.75 inches long. The company states the IFU is for only 14 or 16 ga. for access.
Does anyone else have these catheters? Are you accessing with a smaller ga catheter for fluids, abx? Or only with a 14 or 16 ga?
Pt needs IVIG every 3 weeks. Wondering if we should use the Powerflow or start a PIV? Hate to have to access with 14 or 16ga into chest as apposed to just starting a 22ga in the f/a.