10 ml Saline Flush- Metallic Taste?? - page 2

by ittybittynurse, ASN | 13,121 Views | 12 Comments

After accessing many porta-caths at my outpatient oncology office I have discovered that some patients (not all) have a metallic taste at the back of their mouth. Some smell a salty strong bad odor as I flush the saline. I always... Read More


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    Quote from ittybittynurse
    I have discovered that some patients (not all) have a metallic taste at the back of their mouth.
    i had to read this twice. The first time I thought, why is she tasting her pts mouths? I get it now.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
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    I have only noticed the taste with prefilled syringes. It tastes "chemically"
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    TY for scientific rationale...I've experienced this many times so partial to going slower with flushes for those person experienceing this phenomenon. Many also very perceptive to odors in the environment too.


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