de-accessing a port-a-cath, Safety Loc Huber?

  1. I de-accessed a port this morning. I flushed x 2, firmly pulled straight out and no problem, no rebound stick. But am very curious about this huber....

    This particular huber looked different from any I've ever seen. The best way I can describe it was that it looked as though it was encased in a clear plastic box about 1" long and 1/2 wide and had a while plastic base that stuck to the patients skin. Is this a Safety Loc Huber? Could I have done something to it before pulling it? It looked as though there was a little lever on the front. I pulled the lever and nothing happened. Is this box just to get a better grip or does it do something clever? Thanks.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Mar 5, '06
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  3. by   ProfRN4
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    I get invalid file clicking either link. I'll try googling these devices and get back, Thanks.

    It's not this one:

    Nor this one:

    I'm wondering what the heck it is? I've tried googling safety hubers also and no luck.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Mar 5, '06
  5. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    It's not this one:
    That one is crazy looking!!!

    Just google the images, and you'll find the ones I tried to send you.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nurse educate
    That one is crazy looking!!!

    Just google the images, and you'll find the ones I tried to send you.
    Yes it looks like something you would insert into a robot or 6 million dollar man. Thanks, I'll keep checking.
  7. by   nrsjen
    Thank you so much for posting this info. I JUST got stuck the other day de-accessing a lifeport, and had to go thru 5 of the worst days of my life, workers comp, labs, bloodwork, booster immunizations and the worst being the meds. Protease inhibitors and antiretrovirals. UGH. And it's not over. But thank God we got the source sample back and the patient was negative! YAY!!!! But just to know that this is something that has happened to others (the rebound stick) and that there are devices in existence to prevent this from happenning. All I was thinking for this whole week is "there are all kinds of safety needles and devices, but I have never seen a safety huber" well, now I have. I think I will take this to the attention of the infusion providers that I usually work with. Thanks again!
  8. by   rnangel2
    I have been put in charge of rewriting our policy for deaccessing portacaths and am looking for evidence based nursing practice information on this. Can anyone help me with this? I am new to this site and this whole process of policy writing.
    At my facility we currently flush with 10cc normal saline and then 10cc of u100/cc heparin and I deeply feel this is too much heparin especially with the WHIN system we are using now without an additional 4way stopcock tubing.
    Thank you
  9. by   DutchgirlRN
  10. by   cny4rn
    the one I flushed today was 10 cc of saline and 5cc of Heparin. ( I think 5 cc of Heparin is the usual dose.)
  11. by   GrumpyRN63
    we use 6cc Heparin
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Go by your P+P manual or standards orders per facility