Caring for Your Catheter or Port
Your doctor or nurse will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your central venous access device. To lower the chance of developing an infection:
- Follow your nurse or doctor’s instructions.
- Keep the device clean and dry and wash your hands before touching or caring for your device.
- Contact your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following near your device:
- Any drainage (including pus)
Any of these could be the sign of an infection.
Helpful Web Sites and References
Cancer Research UK. (2010). IV Chemotherapy. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/treatment/chemotherapy/having/...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. Retrieved May 3, 2011, from http://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/BSI/04-bsi-background-info-2011.html
KidsHealth. (2011). Chemotherapy. Retrieved April 18, 2011, from http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/chemotherapy.html
Medline Plus. (2011). Chemotherapy interactive tutorial. Retrieved on May 3, 2011, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002324.htm
National Cancer Institute. (2007). Questions and answers about chemotherapy. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemotherapy-and-you/page2