How often should a port-A-cath be flushed?

@article{Kuo2005HowOS,
  title={How often should a port-A-cath be flushed?},
  author={Y S Kuo and Brent Schwartz and Julius Santiago and Patrick S Anderson and Abbie L. Fields and Gary L. Goldberg},
  journal={Cancer investigation},
  year={2005},
  volume={23 7},
  pages={582-5}
}
While it is important during treatment to flush the port-A-cath (PAC) with heparin regularly, catheter maintenance needs to be evaluated in those patients who, after completion of therapy, retained their ports for extended periods of time. The manufacturer has recommended monthly accession to maintain catheter patency and function. Our objective is to demonstrate that a longer interval between maintenance accessions of PACs still may be medically safe, convenient, and more efficient. We… CONTINUE READING