Heparin Drips

  1. Hi there, I am a new grad and have a question regarding heparin drips. I have been researching them because I know that we sometimes see them on the floor I work on. I found my hospital's policy and procedure and have got lots of info from that, but still am wondering about how long a diluted bag of heparin can hang for. I think it is 24 hours, but it does not say on the P&P. What would happen if it hung longer than that? Would it just not be as effective? Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   MN-Nurse
    Ask your pharmacist. Amazing resource.
  4. by   sapphire18
    In general, we change our IVFs every 24 hours; the heparin itself won't expire at that point though. But, always always always go by what your pharmacy says.
  5. by   Esme12
    Check your policy and procedure for general IV policies. It is the standard of care to change IV bags every 24 for infectious disease and medicine effectiveness.