Septum Damage

Damage to the septum can occur with incorrect needle insertion which may result in further surgery to replace the port.


  • Use only a non-coring needle for cannulation. This will allow the septum to reseal when the needle is withdrawn
  • Once the septum is punctured, DO NOT ROCK OR TILT the needle. This may damage the septum or cause fluid to leak into the subcutaneous tissue
  • When the port is accessed, secure the needle and extension device with a dressing.