How to Flush an Implanted Port (Iport)
Flushing an implanted port, also known as an iport, is important in preventing blockage. Patients must have their iport flushed every 4-6 weeks in order to maintain patency.
Part 1Setting Up
1Signs of infection, such as redness, edema, pain or drainage, need to be documented and reported to the provider. Palpitation is necessary to locate borders and to identify the center. 
2Place them on a clean work surface.
3Proper handwashing prevents the spread of microorganisms.
4Masks, worn by both the patient and nurse, help prevent the spread of infection.
5Place the following items on the surface of the opened package: chloraprep, Tegaderm dressing, needleless valve, sterile 10ml syringe, Huber needle, and sterile gloves.
6The use of sterile gloves lowers infection risks.
7Allow a drying time of at least 60 seconds. The cleansing of the skin removes microorganisms and prevents the spread of infection.
8Attach it to the Huber needle.
9Priming the tubing removes air from the line, thus preventing possible air embolism.
Part 2Accessing the Iport
1This grasping technique helps to stabilize the port, as well as, identifying the area of the port for inserting the needle. It also prevents slippage and protects from potential needle injury.
2Insert the needle, at a 90-degree angle, into the center of the port's septum until the needle touches the base of the port reservoir (maintain a smooth motion while inserting). Once the septum is punctured, avoid tilting or rocking the needle, which may cause leakage or damage to the system. This continuous motion ensures correct placement of the needle tip.
3Aspirating blood verifies the correct placement and patency of the needle.
5Flush with heparin two times and clamp. Flushing prepares and optimizes patency when the port is not in use.
Part 3Deaccessing the Iport
1Holding, in this manner, ensures the stabilization of the port.
2Using your dominant hand, pull straight out with a gentle motion, until the needle safety cover clicks. Pulling the needle straight out, in a continuous motion, minimizes discomfort and ensures needle withdrawal is well controlled. 
3Holding pressure slows the bleeding, while the band-aid prevents infection risks.