Patient safety relies on effective training of healthcare providers. A nurse educator wanted to train new hire system nurses on the proper way to care for a patient with a port-a-cath. Our institution did not own a port-a-cath trainer. The commercially available port-a-cath trainers are expensive, while this low-cost solution is easily reproducible at minimal costs and can be used repetitively.
This homemade trainer allows learners to access a port, draw back to check for appropriate placement with blood return, push fluids when the port is accessed, and apply sterile dressings.
View a PDF of the steps with photos.
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