Daily Care for Implanted Ports

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

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  1. Take your temperature every day 2 hours after starting your infusion.
  2. You should take your temperature if you feel warm, flushed, or have chills.
  3. If your temperature is above 100.5 it should be taken every four hours while you are awake especially during your infusion.
  4. Weigh yourself the same time everyday.
  5. Test your blood for sugar if instructed.
  6. Notify physician if:
    1. temperature greater than 100.5 degrees.
    2. weight gain or loss of more than 2 lbs per day.
    3. blood sugar greater than _____ or less than _____ (if instructed to do fingersticks).
  7. Daily temperature, weight, and blood sugar are to be recorded in your booklet. Bring this with you to each office visit.
  8. Swimming, Bathing, and Showering are permitted when implanted port is deaccessed.
  9. Anti Coagulation (blood thinning medication).
  10. Electrical Precautions.
    1. Make sure the pump is plugged into a 120 volt 3 prong grounded outlet, or use a 3 prong adapter.
    2. Do not change the electrical plug or cord on the pump in any way.

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