Our facility protocol is to flush IV sites q 8 hrs with 3 ml NS if the site is not being used. We also flush with 3 ml NS before and after IV med admin.
Had a patient receiving multiple IV antibiotics. The patient's site was being moved about every 24-48 hours r/t infiltration and/or pain at the site. The night nurse passed on in report that a Nurse Anesthetist (spelling
?) suggested periodically flushing the site with 50 ml NS to preserve the site.
Does anyone know if there is any evidence for this practice?