Self-Assessment Questions

IDevice Question Icon Question 1
Which of the following is NOT an indication for insertion of a Port-A-Cath?
a. Long term chemotherapy
b. Frequent transfusions
c. Emergency venous access in the ED
d. Long term antibiotic therapy

IDevice Question Icon Question 2
Which of the following statements is FALSE?
a. Implanted ports are inserted surgically
b. The catheter tip is introduced in the vein and advanced to the right atrium or SVC
c. The catheter is tunneled from the insertion site to the subcutaneous pocket where it is attached to the port
d. Port-A-Caths only have single lumens

Question 3
True or False?

The Port-A-Cath should only be attached to syringes with a volume less than 10mL.

True False
IDevice Question Icon Question 4
Which of the following is FALSE?
a. Flushing the Port-A-Cath with heparin solution may be done up to 3 times in a 24 hour period
b. The access needle and extension tubing should be primed with normal saline and capped before accessing the port
c. Always assess for patency before initiating an infusion
d. Post-insertion, manipulation of the port should be minimized in the first week

IDevice Question Icon Question 5
Occlusion of the catheter, a potential complication of a Port-A-Cath, can be due to:
a. fibrin sheath formation
b. medication precipitate
c. external compression
d. catheter thrombosis
e. all of the above