Saline flush before and after

  1. Perpherial heparin lock for antibiotic infusion: How many nurses use the same saline flush before and after infusion, giving 1/2 before the remainder after? Tubex is blunt plastic cannula and capped and left at the bedside for use after the med is finished.
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  3. by   soundsLikesirens
    I don't do that...I've never even thought to do that because I never leave a heparin flush lying in the room.

    The only time I use the same heparin flush before-and-after is when I do an IV push, because you are in there then; you aren't leaving the flush in the room and coming back later.
  4. by   mustangsheba
    I use half the flush before and half after, but I don't leave it behind in the room. Just one of those "chain of command" things.
  5. by   puzzler
    Originally posted by sparrow:
    Perpherial heparin lock for antibiotic infusion: How many nurses use the same saline flush before and after infusion, giving 1/2 before the remainder after? Tubex is blunt plastic cannula and capped and left at the bedside for use after the med is finished.
    I have never used the same flush before and after. The risk of contamination is too great for the small savings

    Sheryl



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