St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
1100 West Stewart Dr, Orange, CA 92868714.633.9111
About Us News Room Careers Contact Us Donate Now
Find St. Joseph Hospital Services Our Doctors Our Services For Patients For Visitors For Community
Heart and Vascular Center
About Us
Clinical Trials and Research Program
How to Contact Us
Our Achievements
Our Experts
Our Facilities
Patient Testimonials
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Our Experts
Our Outcomes
Bacterial Endocarditis
Patient and Family Resources
Patient Testimonial
Specific Congenital Cardiovascular Defects
Cardiac Receiving Center
Clinical Trials and Research Program
The Center for Heart and Vascular Wellness and Prevention
About Us
Our Experts
The Dick Butkus Heart and Vascular Screening Program
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Diagnostic Services
Cardiovascular CT
Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac MRI
Stress Test / Treadmill
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Electrophysiology Test (EP)
Endomyocardial Biopsy
Holter Monitor
Nuclear Studies
Tilt Table
Heart and Vascular Diseases
Atrial Fibrillation
Chest Pain
Congenital Heart Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Attack
Heart Disease Risk Factors
Heart Failure
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Sinus Bradycardia
Ventricular Tachycardia
Heart Failure Program
Our Experts
Our Outcomes
Patient and Family Resources
Interventional Radiology
Our Experts
Our Outcomes
Patient and Family Resources
Adult Angiogram Discharge Instructions
PAS PORT Discharge Instructions
PICC Insertion Procedure Information
Uterine Artery Embolization Post-procedure Information
Interventional Radiology Procedures
Open Heart Surgery
Our Experts
Our Outcomes
Patient and Family Resources
Specific Cardiac Defects
Preparing for Surgery
The Day of Surgery
Activity after Surgery
Preparing for Home - Discharge Teaching
Screening Programs
Valve Heart Center
Our Experts
Our Outcomes
Specific Cardiac Defects
Vascular Care
Our Experts
Our Screening Program
Specific Vascular Defects
Glossary of Terms

Share this page:

Google +

PAS PORT Discharge Instructions

What is a PAS PORT?

The PAS PORT is a small tube inserted into a vein in a patient’s arm. The small tube extends along the vein to the larger vein just above the heart and is connected to a port that is implanted under the skin of the upper arm. This port is accessed with a special needle when it is used for IV therapy or chemotherapy. When not in use, the port is nearly invisible. The PAS PORT can be left in place for many months, as long as it is flushed every month after therapy ends. It can remain until the patient’s doctor decides to have it removed.

Care after a PAS PORT is placed

The port does not require daily care unless an access needle is in place. If this is the case, follow instructions given by the nurse. The port must be flushed every four weeks if not used.

Week 1:

  • Do not submerse in water: No swimming, no hot tubs, no tub baths until the sutures are removed in about eight days.
  • Keep the dressing clean and dry. If the steri-strips loosen allow them to fall off. They may be trimmed if necessary.
  • Protect the site during showering with plastic wrap and tape. Remove the plastic wrap after have showering and check the dressing. Pat dry if necessary.

Week 2:

  • Sutures must be removed after about eight days.
  • Return to Interventional Radiology on the appointment date or have your doctor or the nurse remove the sutures if the site has no signs of infection.


  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for physical activity limitations.
  • If you are very active playing tennis, golf, bowling or other strenuous activities using the arm, ask the Interventional Radiologist or your physician when to resume these activities.
  • Avoid swimming or soaking in a spa or bathtub until the sutures are removed.


  • Avoid having your blood pressure taken on the arm with the PAS PORT.
  • Never use force when flushing the port. If you encounter resistance when flushing, your infusion goes slower than usual or blood cannot be aspirated. Call your doctor or the Interventional Radiologist. It is often possible to clear the port without removing it.

When to call your doctor or the Interventional Radiologist

You may call your doctor or Interventional Radiology department at 714-771-8000 X 17865, ask to speak to a nurse or the Interventional Radiologist if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Redness at the site or drainage from the site where the access needle is placed.
  • Pain in the arm or pain during the infusion.
  • Swelling in your arm, neck or face.
  • Drainage at the site.
  • Temperature elevation (fever).
  • Chills
  • It takes longer to infuse medication than previously.
  • If you or the nurse notice swelling or leaking during the infusion: stop the infusion immediately.
  • Your nurse is unable to flush or blood cannot be withdrawn from the port.