An invasive long-term IV access line is beneficial for patients requiring multiple or frequent access to the veins. Such patients include those undergoing chemotherapy and dialysis, requiring prolonged intravenous antibiotic treatment, frequent parenteral nutrition, and drawing repeated blood samples. The types of invasive long-term IV access lines include Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) lines, tunneled venous catheters, central line or Hickman catheters, chemoport, and central venous catheters.
Some complications associated with the PICC line include an abnormal heartbeat, infection, nerve injury, bleeding, blood clots, a broken or blocked PICC line, and injury to the arm veins.
Some of the advantages of chemoport are: