In medicine, a port (or portacath) is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical "needle stick".
Ports are used mostly to treat hematology and oncology patients, but recently ports have been adapted also for hemodialysis patients.
The port is usually inserted in the upper chest, just below the clavicle or collar bone, leaving the patient's hands free.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_(medical)?wasRedirected=true
There is also a Midline but from what my LLMD told me,
there is a higher risk of clotting with a Midline because it is
shorter and moves around in your arm.
What is a Midline Catheter?
A Midline Catheter is a small flexible tube put into a large vein where your elbow bends. A specially trained nurse places it at the bedside. A midline is not a surgical procedure.
Why does the doctor order a Midline Catheter?
A Midline Catheter is ordered because it can stay in your arm longer than usual in order to give you certain types of drugs such as antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids. It will be more comfortable for you because you will not have to be stuck with a needle over and over.
How long can a Midline Catheter stay in my arm?
The Midline Catheter can stay in your arm for up to four weeks as long as it is working well and not showing any signs of problems.www.virtua.org/page.cfm?id=tests_procedures_display&Testid=111
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