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Caring for an Implanted Port (Online)

Caring for an Implanted Port builds on foundational knowledge presented in PHS' IV Basics course. Completion of IV Basics is strongly recommended before taking this course.

This interactive, narrated, online course focuses on how to care for adult and pediatric patients with an implanted port. There is an emphasis on the home care environment. 

Topics include

  • Implanted port components and types of implanted ports
  • Implanted port placement
  • Proper technique for accessing an implanted port
  • Proper technique for deaccessing an implanted port
  • Implanted port flushing
  • Troubleshooting potential complications
  • Patient education

1.5 contact hours will be awarded to online class participants.

This course meets the CE requirements for nurses in the state of Minnesota. We are currently working to get this course approved nationally. If you don't live in Minnesota, or are not a nurse, you are responsible to ensure this course meets your requirements.


Objectives: Upon completion of the presentation the participant will be able to

  1. Identify the components of an implanted port.
  2. Demonstrate proper techniques for accessing, flushing, and deaccessing an implanted port.
  3. Describe a typical flushing protocol for an implanted port.
  4. Discuss methods for troubleshooting an implanted port.
  5. Identify potential complications associated with an implanted port.
  6. Discuss patient/caregiver education necessary for maintaining an implanted port in home care setting.

An optional, in-classroom lab for hands-on time is available. NOTE: This is not a competency. Each employer is responsible for ensuring their staff’s competence at managing an implanted port.

Course authors: Jean Stumpf, BSN, CRNI and Jill Wall, BSN, CRNI 

Price: $30