Linda Guerretta

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PURPOSE Our aim was to determine the non-inferiority of normal saline flushing compared to heparin flushing in maintaining the patency of totally implanted venous access devices (TIVADs). METHOD Four hundred and thirty patients were recruited from 14 Italian centres. Patients were randomized to heparin group or to normal saline group. The primary outcome(More)
PURPOSE The principal aim of this study is to analyze the incidence of late complications in oncologic patients with totally implanted central venous access ports. METHODS A prospective multicenter observational study was conducted in 26 Italian oncologic outpatient clinics. 1076 cancer patients with Totally Implanted Central Venous Access Ports (TIAP)(More)
Totally implanted venous access devices (ports) are widely used in all oncology units, because of the many advantages that they offer if compared to external central venous catheters, particularly in terms of safety. Nonetheless, infection, lumen occlusion and venous thrombosis may still occur, and they are often caused or facilitated by inappropriate(More)
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