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Is it really necessary to flush your port every month?

optimist777
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Now this is an interesting question, and you will get many of different anwsers from oncologists and nurses who deal with ports everyday.  While the medical device companies have set requirements like every 30 or 90 days to keep the port functioning and free from infection, there are many in the medical field familiar with ports that tell you it really isn't necessary.  They tell you the device is internal, and infection isn't going to start in the device just because it is not flushed, do to the skin barrier.  I've also had several nurses inform me they have had patients walk in who have not had their ports flushed in years, and not only have they never had an infection, but the ports still continued to work fine.  I really am pretty sure, for most patients, in remission, you can simply not worry about having your port flushed, if you don't want take the time to do it.  No harm done-- 99.9% of the time.  I'm basing this mostly on my talks with several oncology nurses who I know well enough, that they frankly told me, (off the record) patients do not need a separate appointment to flush their ports.  I know many will disagree with me, but this is what I've been told.  I currently have not had my port flushed in 6 months now, and don't plan on it any time soon.     

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Annabelle41415
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They told me every 3 weeks which was a hassle.  Glad that you are still going strong after 6 months. 

Kim

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airborne72
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The last time I used mine was 15 December 2017.  I had it removed on 26 March 2018.  No one expressed any concern about routine flushing nor was there any evidence of infection upon removal (conducted in conjunction with an ostomy reversal).

Jim

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Tunadog
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I say that because I’m Currently at the hospital fighting off an infection with a drainage tube from my rectum to a bag.

Not pleasant ,  been here for a week. Second time in a month.

Good Luck to everyone 

Twinzma
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I thought that flushing the port was to prevent blod clots from developing, not risk of infection. 

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Tunadog
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Why do we flush IV lines?
A saline flush is the method of clearing intravenous lines (IVs), Central Lines or Arterial Lines of any medicine or other perishable liquids to keep the lines (tubes) and entry area clean and sterile. ... Flushing is required before a drip is connected to ensure that the IV is still patent.
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Helen321
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My doctor told me that not flushing can often cause issues with use and replacement so it's wise to do it when you have the opportunity and not to go more than 60 days.  It wasn't so much about infection as use.  I definitely didn't flush every 30 days.

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PamRav
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i had mine flushed every  couple of months while it was not in use for the past year.

I went to have chemo on Monday and it was blocked and couldn’t be accessed so I had 75% of my chemo given through an IV in my arm. The next day I went to interventional radiology and they spent 2 1/2 hours fixing it they had to go up through my groin and it was a bit painful but it works now and it didn’t need to be change so all‘s well that ends well.  Im home now with the 5 FU FOR 46 hr 

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abita
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I really hope that doesn't happen to me. My oncologist told me I didn't need to get it flushed. I looked at your profile. Did something happen that isn't on the page? Why are you back at chemo? I do believe we have discussed this before but I have been so foggy since finding out a recurrence and being told can't be removed with surgery. I am also desparate for hope to be around for a while, a long while

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PamRav
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ive been following your story.  Wishing you a good cure.  I havent updated my profile but will do so soon

my scan this past  May showed a questionable lesion near a previously abated area.  After much discussion witn oncologist, liver surgeon and a telephone call to SLK it was decided to watch and wait , rescan in 3 months.    My august scan showed the liver as stable current lesion unchanged but new disease was dicovered in my lung and chest lymph nodes.  So im back on chemo. 

peace and healing to you  

pam 

 

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abita
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I am sorry to hear that. Yeah, I guess we will be going through at the same time. 

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beaumontdave
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didn't flush mine for several years, they removed it at the last surgery. No issues...............................................Dave

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Annabelle41415
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I'm really surprised.  You must have a good port because mine they wanted to flush every month.  Glad you didn't have any issues.  Maybe they have changed that policy since mine has been removed.

Kim

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beaumontdave
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After the chemo, they had me on a three month scan/test schedule. With the recurrances, that wound up being an eight year pattern, and I wasn't going to spend a chunk of a day inbetween appts. getting the flush. It was also the fact that my onc./surgeon expressed the idea that they'd taken their best shot with the chemo, and still had it pop back up, so surgery or the other stuff like ablation were going to be the options anyway. Had I needed it for palliative treatment, they would have likely changed it out. It did clog early on once, and they had to use the 'snake" through a groin vein and run it up to strip the tip of the catheter. I was fairly alert for this one and the tugging was a very strange feeling, lol.......................................Dave

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Mine would get clogged if I didn't. I remember having to march up and down the hallway in front of pwople witng for their chemo to try to clear it out after couching and all kinds of other attempts. They ended up running somehting through it to clear it out and that worked.

Jan

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