Caring for Your Catheter or Port

Docotr talking to a cancer patientYour 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:
    • Redness
    • Swelling
    • Soreness
    • Any drainage (including pus)

Any of these could be the sign of an infection.

Education Materials

CDC created a variety of resources for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers, including fact sheets and posters.

"I never thought seriously about the risk of infection until I was hospitalized and unable to fight a fever. It’s so important to understand what steps you can take to help protect yourself."Donna Deegan, News AnchorBreast Cancer Survivor 

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