Pain Management & Implanted Vascular Access Ports

For most patients, attention to pain management is a critically important intervention. However, the need to address pain concerns often remains under-appreciated by clinicians. Current evidence provides interventions that include local anesthesia and non-pharmacologic strategies.

Use, care, and management questions regarding implanted vascular access ports abound. In this session, we will discuss changes to the Standards that address vascular access pain management and implanted vascular access ports.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of addressing pain management for patients who require vascular access procedures.
2. Differentiate between INS Practice Recommendations for pain management strategies.
3. Examine INS Practice Recommendations related to the care and management of implanted vascular access ports.

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN

Lisa Gorski has worked over 35 years as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)/educator for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, now part of Ascension at Home. Lisa is the author of more than 70 book chapters and journal articles and is the author of several books, including the 2023 edition of the Phillips Manual of IV Therapeutics: Evidence-Based Practice for Infusion Therapy. She served as the 2007-2008 INS president and as the chair of the INS Standards of Practice Committee from 2009 to 2021, and is the cochair for the 2024 Standards. She is also the leader of the INS Vesicant Task Force. She speaks nationally and internationally on standards development, home health care, and infusion therapy/vascular access.


Barb Nickel is a clinical nurse specialist specializing in critical care and vascular access. Her role includes staff development, quality improvement, and clinical consultation. She has published several articles in American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ Critical Care Nurse, was a coauthor of the 2021 Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standard of Practice, and is the chair of the 2022-2024 Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice Committee.

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