It is current practice to flush PICC lines with only 10 cc syringes to prevent rupture but I have additional questions that I can't find the answers to on the multiple web sites that I have searched. I've even contacted the PICC line makers and they have yet to respond.
If your patient is receiving IV fluids through a PICC line, can you use a syringe that is smaller than 10cc's to deliver medications through the attached IV line? I am constantly giving pain medications which are supplied in tubex containers. Do these medications need to be transferred to a 10cc syringe before administration?
Also, if a patients BP is dropping and we need to administer IV fluids rapidly, can we set the IVAC to 999 and safely administer fluids or is that too much pressure?
I'd really like to know what others are doing in their facilities!
Thanks for your help!