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Feel the New Standard of Care*

The PowerPort* device is a new kind of implantable port for your IV therapy treatments. It offers the unique ability to provide access for power-injected Contrast-Enhanced Computer Tomography (CECT) scans. Power-injected CECT scans produce superior images of the body to help the medical team better manage patient care. With a PowerPort* Implantable Port, your patient will be able to receive IV therapy and CECT scans without having to undergo repeated needle-sticks in the arm or wrist veins.

What's Different About
the PowerPort* Implanted Port?

The PowerPort* Implanted Port is the FIRST implantable access device indicated for power injection of contrast media during CECT scans.

  • Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) produces quick, accurate visualizations used to track tumor markers or pulmonary embolisms.
  • During power injection, the CT Team injects a contrast agent at a high-rate into the bloodstream in order to achieve the most detailed images of the area being scanned.
  • Power injection produces superior images that can reveal small details in soft tissue.
  • Like all implanted ports, the PowerPort* device eliminates repeated needle sticks in the arm or wrist.

Identifying a Patient with the PowerPort*
Implantable Port

  • Check patient's chart for a PowerPort* device patient record sticker.
  • Palpate top of port to identify three palpation points (bumps) on the septum, arranged in a triangle.
  • Palpate the sides of the port to identify triangular port housing.
  • Ask the patient. Patients with a PowerPort* Implanted Port have received a special Patient Discharge Packet which includes, a patient identification card, ID bracelet and key ring to help remind them they have a PowerPort* device.
  • Always verify the patient has a PowerPort* device by at least two means, and ensure it is accessed with a PowerLoc* Safety Infusion Set, prior to power injection.

Contraindications

This device is contraindicated for catheter insertion in the subclavian vein medial to the border of the first rib, an area which is associated with higher rates of pinch-off.

All materials are biocompatible, can be used with virtually all injectable solutions, are latex-free, and are safe with CECT and MRI imaging up to 3 tesla (3T).

Preventing Pinch-Off

The risk of pinch-off syndrome can be avoided by inserting the catheter via the internal jugular vein (IJ). Subclavian insertion of the catheter medial to the border of the first rib may cause catheter pinch-off, which in turn results in occlusion causing port system failure during power injection.

If you choose to insert the catheter into the subclavian vein, it should be inserted lateral to the border of the first rib or at the junction with the axillary vein because such insertion will avoid compression of the catheter, which can cause damage and even severance of the catheter. The use of image guidance upon insertion is strongly recommended. A radiographic confirmation of catheter insertion should be made to ensure that the catheter is not being pinched.

Contact Bard Access Systems

By Phone
Customer Service: 800-545-0890
Clinical Support: 800-443-3385
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801-595-0700

Mailing Address
Bard Access Systems
605 N. 5600 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116 USA