Port systems can safely be used for anaesthesia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1477b (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1477
  1. Mark Tidmarsh,
  2. Naresh Nandwani,
  3. John Wandless
  1. Research registrar Research registrar Consultant anaesthetist Department of Anaesthesia, Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, Leicester LE1 5WW

    EDITOR,—As anaesthetists involved in the care of children receiving anaesthesia repeatedly during chemotherapy, we wish to respond to Myriam Ben-Arush and Moshe Berant on indwelling central venous catheter port systems.1

    We agree entirely that failure to adequately flush any residual drugs through a venous access port device, or indeed any intravenous cannula with appreciable dead space, could result in grave consequences for the patient, but we strongly disagree that such devices should …

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