Port-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePPort-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePort-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedureEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN9.0000000000000060.0000000000000521.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Your child has had a PORT removal at the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) Clinic. This brochure explains how to properly care for your child at home after the procedure.</p><p>Your child has had a Port-A-Cath removal. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the Port site dry for at least seven days. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No major physical activities for one week. </li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Call your child's doctor, your community care nurse, the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756 or go to the nearest Emergency Department if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F)</li> <li><a href="/pain">pain</a> or discomfort needing <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> after 48 hours </li> <li>noticeable increase in bright red blood around the old Port site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the old Port site </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, call the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756 or the IGT clinic at (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT nurse during working hours. After 48 hours, please call your referring doctor. If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-1500 and ask them to page the interventional radiologist on call.</p>

 

 

Port-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedure1230.00000000000Port-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePort-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePEnglishOtherChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAVeinsNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2014-02-14T05:00:00ZJoao Amaral, MD;Michelle Côté, RN;Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN9.0000000000000060.0000000000000521.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Your child has had a PORT removal at the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) Clinic. This brochure explains how to properly care for your child at home after the procedure.</p><p>Your child has had a Port-A-Cath removal. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the Port site dry for at least seven days. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No major physical activities for one week. </li> </ul><h2>Bathing </h2> <p>Your child may shower 48 hours after the PORT is removed. Your child may take a bath seven days after the PORT is removed. </p> <h2>Dressing Care </h2> <p>Leave all dressings on for 48 hours. No dressing is needed after 48 hours. It is normal for there to be some dry blood on the dressings. There should be no bright red bleeding at the PORT site. If there is, contact the Vascular Access Nurse or the Referring Service. </p> <h2>Meals </h2> <p>If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.</p> <h2>Pain relief </h2> <p>If needed, give your child <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> for pain. Do not give your child any medicines that will thin the blood, such as <a href="/Article?contentid=77&language=English">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a>, without checking with a nurse or your child's doctor first.</p> <h2>Activity </h2> <p>After the port removal, your child will need to be quiet, stay home from school or day care, and avoid physical activity for the first 24 hours. Your child may return to school 24 hours after the port removal with restricted activity. Your child should avoid swimming for two full weeks, and all other major activities for one week. These include: </p> <ul> <li>contact sports </li> <li>gymnastics </li> <li>bicycle riding </li> <li>rollerblading </li> <li>hockey </li> <li>soccer </li> <li>skiing </li> <li>horseback riding</li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor</h2> <p>Call your child's doctor, your community care nurse, the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756 or go to the nearest Emergency Department if your child has any of the following: </p> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F)</li> <li><a href="/pain">pain</a> or discomfort needing <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> after 48 hours </li> <li>noticeable increase in bright red blood around the old Port site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the old Port site </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, call the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756 or the IGT clinic at (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT nurse during working hours. After 48 hours, please call your referring doctor. If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-1500 and ask them to page the interventional radiologist on call.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/port-a-cath_removal_caring_for_child_at_home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/port-a-cath_removal_caring_for_child_at_home.jpgPort-A-Cath removal: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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