My mom is going thru chemo and had a mediport put in in her upper chest/shoulder. Does anyone know what the standard cleaning technique is for when they do her chemo treatments. Should the nurses be wearing a mask, and how much should they clean the site before they start the drip?
As a retired RN who worked giving intravenous treatments to patients in their homes, the standard of care for a mediport is keeping the area clean and dry. A transparent dressing was used frequently to prevent any major contamination after the port was inserted and the area was still healing. Prior to the infusion the actual port site into which the needle is inserted is cleansed and the nurses should be wearing gloves, but no mask is normally worn unless their are additional concerns regarding air-borne contaminants.
The mediport itself is usually a very safe method to administer chemo and reduces the risk of infiltration of the fluid into subcutaneous tissue (skin outside the vein being used
for chemo) and the need for frequent vein punctures to obtain access is eliminated.
There is always the concern for infection when any foreign body is present, but careful handwashing and the use of universal precautions certainly reduces the chances of this occurring. Ask the nurses to give you the signs and symptoms you should be aware of and the steps to take to prevent such an adverse reaction.
Good wishes to your Mom while she is undergoing her treatment and thank you for being such a caring support to her at this difficult time!
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