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Pamela Clark
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Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Supervisor for Accredo, a leader in specialty pharmacy care. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.


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Its All About Ports

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

This instructional course has been designed for nurses caring for the patient with an implanted venous port. The use of this particular type of central venous access device is different, in some ways, from the other types of central lines. Therefore, education related specifically to the implanted venous port is crucial to the safe and effective use of the device.

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the use of implanted venous ports. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Distinguish an implanted venous port from other types of central venous access devices.
  2. Describe the procedure for accessing and de-accessing an implanted port.
  3. Describe the procedure for drawing a blood specimen from a port.
  4. State at least 3 potential port complications.


Chapter 1

  • Port vs. Other Central Venous Access Devices
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Indications

Chapter 2
Assessment and Preparations for Implanted Port
  • Assessment Criteria for Insertion of an Implanted Port

  • Preparations for Implanted Venous Port

Chapter 3
Accessing a Port

  • Equipment
  • Needle Choice
  • Procedure

Chapter 4
De-accessing a Port

Chapter 5
Drawing Blood from a Port

Chapter 6

  • Malpositioned Catheter
  • Reservoir Malposition
  • Catheter Separation
  • Catheter Occlusion
  • Infiltration
  • Extravasation
  • Site Infection
  • Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) or Septicemia
  • Skin Breakdown

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 30.00
Contact Hours: 2


After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 2.0 contact hours.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing,CE Broker Tracking # is 20-315849.

 RN, Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist will receive 2.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-315849.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.
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