Infusion Ports

KRMC Interventional Radiology
Infusion ports are intravenous (IV) access devices for patients who will need IV access over a long period of time. Infusion ports may be used for the administration of long-term infusions or chemotherapy, or to access the vascular system of a patient who needs frequent IV starts or blood draws and has a difficult time with venous access.

How to Prepare
  • You may need to have blood drawn in advance of your procedure.
  • A nurse may call you the day before your procedure to review your medications and any last-minute instructions.
  • Bring someone to drive you home.
What to Expect
  • The procedure usually begins with an assessment and an IV start in the holding room before going to the interventional radiology lab.
  • You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax, and you also will receive an antibiotic before the procedure.
  • In the lab, the interventional radiology staff will help you onto a narrow table, connect you to the monitoring equipment and cover you with a sterile drape.
  • The procedure takes approximately one hour.
  • Recovery time is generally three to four hours.
After the Procedure
  • You will receive specific discharge instructions from the nursing staff.
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