IAN G. KERR, M.D., F. R. C. P. (C); NEILL ISCOE, M.D., F. R. C. P. (C); MARICA SONE, R. N.; S. HANNA, M.D., F. R. C. S.(C)
To the editor: In their recent report, Reed and associates (1) suggest that venous access ports should only be used for short-duration drug infusions and that alternate devices (for example, the Hickman catheter) should be used for overnight or longer infusions. On the basis of our experience and that of others (2), we would like to counter these suggestions.
At this centre we have used various venous access ports (Canada Microsurgical Ltd. [Burlington, Ontario, Canada] in 5 cases, Mediport [Cormed Inc., Medina, New York] in 1 case, Infuse-a-Port in 7 cases, Port-a-Cath [Pharmacia Hospital Products, Piscataway, New Jersey] in 11
KERR IG, ISCOE N, SONE M, HANNA S. Venous Access Ports. Ann Intern Med. ;103:637–638. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-637_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):637-638.
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