A radiologist in my institution states that when using one lumen of a double lumen picc or central line, you must flush both ports to keep the line patent. Has anyone heard of this?
Our policy is that only nongroshong or the unusal from other facilities that are not groshongs are flushed with heparin bid and/or after an infusion or blood drawl. Groshong piccs are flushed with 10cc ns bid for unused ports, always after infusions or blood drawls and the groshongs should be good with only weekly flushes for outpatient used (per our protocol ex with cancer patients). Then there are the midlines and central lines etc that I'm too tired to go into. You would think we would do them all the same don't you for a standard of care etc.
Last edit by lisamcrn on Nov 21, '03