Journal article

Complicated vascular access port removals: incidence, antecedents and avoidance

Warwick J Teague, Dina Fouad, Fraser D Munro, Amanda J McCabe

Pediatric Surgery International | SPRINGER | Published : 2015


PURPOSE: Port removal is usually a straightforward procedure delegated to trainees. However, some port removals are complicated by central venous catheter (CVC) fragmentation, a challenge for even experienced surgeons. This study aimed to determine the incidence of, and risk factors for, complicated port removal in children. METHODS: A single-centre study assessed the outcome of removal for all paediatric ports inserted from 1996 to 2012. Data were recorded detailing patient, insertion, device and removal characteristics. Risk factors for complicated removals were scrutinised using Chi-square tests; p < 0.05 significant. RESULTS: Of 628 ports inserted from 1996 to 2012, 443 were subsequently..

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