Port-A-Cath insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePPort-A-Cath insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePort-A-Cath insertion: 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:APN8.0000000000000065.0000000000000557.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Your child has had a PORT inserted 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 insertion. This brochure explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the PORT and neck site as dry as possible for at least seven days. </li> <li>Leave dressing intact for seven days. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No physical activities for two weeks.</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, 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>swelling or bleeding at the PORT site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the PORT site or neck </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>funny feeling in your child's heart </li> <li>irregular heartbeat, such as skipped beats or a very fast heart rate </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours, please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at (416) 813-8756.</p>

 

 

Port-A-Cath insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure1231.00000000000Port-A-Cath insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedurePort-A-Cath insertion: 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:APN8.0000000000000065.0000000000000557.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Your child has had a PORT inserted 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 insertion. This brochure explains how to look after your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Keep the PORT and neck site as dry as possible for at least seven days. </li> <li>Leave dressing intact for seven days. </li> <li>Give your child acetaminophen for pain. </li> <li>No physical activities for two weeks.</li> </ul><h2>Bathing </h2> <p>Your child may shower 48 hours after the PORT has been inserted. Your child may take a bath seven days after the PORT has been inserted.</p> <h2>Dressing Care </h2> <p>Leave all dressings on for 48 hours. If the PORT is not accessed, no dressing is needed after 48 hours. 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 insertion, 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 insertion with restricted activity. Your child should avoid all major activity or physical exertion for two full weeks, such as: </p> <ul> <li>contact sports </li> <li>gymnastics </li> <li>diving/swimming </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, 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>swelling or bleeding at the PORT site </li> <li>leakage or drainage at the PORT site or neck </li> <li>difficulty breathing </li> <li>funny feeling in your child's heart </li> <li>irregular heartbeat, such as skipped beats or a very fast heart rate </li> <li>neck swelling or bruising </li> </ul><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>If you have any concerns during the 48 hours after the procedure, you can contact the vascular access resource nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children at (416) 813-8756, your referring doctor, the IGT clinic at (416) 813-6054, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For all concerns after 48 hours, please call your family doctor or the vascular access resource nurse at (416) 813-8756.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/port-a-cath_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/port-a-cath_insertion_caring_for_child_at_home.jpgPort-A-Cath insertion: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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