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Steps for Providers Caring for Your Central Line Port

Accessing/Flushing Your Port:

  • Wear a mask
  • Clean your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water
  • Wear sterile gloves
  • Clean the site with chlorhexidine prep for 30 seconds
  • Allow skin to dry
  • Insert Huber needle by grasping with 2 fingers and pushing into reservoir at a 90 degree angle
  • Draw back to get blood return
  • Flush with saline
  • Port should be flushed every 30 days when not in use

Dressing Change:

  • Wear a mask
  • Clean the surface where you put your supplies
  • Clean your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water and put on clean gloves
  • Remove old dressing
  • Put on sterile gloves
  • Clean the site with chlorhexidine prep for 30 seconds
  • Allow skin to dry
  • Apply and date new transparent dressing

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