Vascular access involves the insertion of a tube (a catheter) into the blood vessel. It allows doctors to access the blood for delivering drugs, blood products, and nutrition into the body. It also assists in drawing blood without multiple punctures on the skin.
The risks and complications associated with chemoport are blockage, infection, leakage of air, pain and discomfort, mal-positioning, and skin blisters.
Patients should avoid swimming and routinely clean the Hickman catheter. Further, avoid using any sharp objects near the catheter. Immediately consult with the doctor if there is leakage or damage to the catheter.