I have a question regarding PICCs (or central lines, in general). I have seen nurses flush all three lumens of a Triple-lumen PICC with a single 10ml prefill NS syringe and then a single heparin prefill syringe, and I have also seen nurses flush each lumen with it's own 10ml prefill syringe (3 individual NS syringes and then three individual heparin syringes). Our prefills include enough NS in 1 syringe to flush all 3 (we use 2ml NS each lumen), but I was taught to use a different syringe for each lumen. Which is the correct way, and why? I thought about the contamination issue, but if one lumen is contaminated, the whole line is bad anyway.
Thanks for any help anyone can provide.