Pulsatile Vs. Continuous Flush - page 2
by MunoRN 6,290 Views | 15 Comments
How many Nurses use a pulsatile, or "push-pause" flush when flushing an IV- either central or peripheral? Whichever method you use (pulsatile or continuous) was this how you were taught, something you learned along the way, or... Read More
- 0Sep 5, '11 by IheartICUnursingI was taught to use the pulsatile method (where I work we call it the turbulent flow method) only when flushing a central line after a blood draw- it helps clear the port of blood. Some nurses were doing it all the time, but as many times as we flush lines in the ICU, they were starting to get arthritis
- 0Sep 6, '11 by MunoRNQuote from ForeverQuestioningThat's actually a reason why I'm asking, the Infusion Nursing Society appears to be opposed to pulsatile flushing, although I'm not clear why.Our policies come from our IV therapy department, of which all the nurses are certified through the Infusion Nurses Society. Our protocol calls for the push/pause AKA pulsatile technique for all central lines and PICC lines.
- 0Sep 6, '11 by MunoRNQuote from ~*Stargazer*~This is Lynn Hadaway's view on the subject, Lynn writes many of the INS standards:Really? When did that change?
" I will not support this practice in any way and will continue to educate about the lack of science and it questionable impact on VADs. Also, the INS standards do not support this practice. Lynn"
I'm still not clear if they are opposed to it or just don't support it due to lack of evidence either way. The INS frequently makes recommendations that are purely theory based and without any evidence, so it would seem this position is due to some form of opposition to the practice rather than a lack of available research.