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TORIL RUBIO, Marina  and  RODRIGUEZ BORREGO, María Aurora. Systematic review of the complications of treatment delivery devices for cancer patients. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.46, pp.544-561.  Epub Apr 01, 2017. ISSN 1695-6141.


To know the scientific production releated with the delivery treatment devices to the oncology patients and to know the main complications of central venous catheters with reservoir (Port-A-Cath) and Percutaneously Inserted Central Catheters (PICC).


Systematic review of the scientific literature in databases, whose data collection was realized from January to May 2015.


124 articles were selected by its title and abstract. 42 documents of them had the inclusion criteria. Port-A-Cath scientific production is greater than PICC’s and infectious and thrombotic complications are the most common in both devices.


Most complications can be prevented because their development is due to errors in the implementation of the device or due to inappropriate care. It is difficult knowing which device provides better quality of life, although patients usually perfer Port-A-Cath because of its aesthetic result.

Keywords : cancer; Port-A-Cath; PICC; chemotherapy; complications.

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