How do you saline-lock? / What is saline-locking?

  1. I am a new nurse a noone has explained this to me
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    About 757RN, BSN, RN

    Joined: Mar '15; Posts: 32; Likes: 23

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  3. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Flush with saline and cap it.
  4. by   757RN
    BittyBabyGrower: Cap what? The line?..If so, do I take a white cap from the NS syringe & put it on the line?

    Also thank you for your speedy response :-)
  5. by   ElectricCabbage
    Flush with saline and just slide the little clamp across tubing. Easy peasy
  6. by   Coffee Nurse
    Quote from 757RN
    I am a new nurse a noone has explained this to me
    If no one has explained something to you, then you really need to take the initiative to ask one of your coworkers or possibly your clinical educator, not a bunch of Internet strangers who may or may not be telling you the truth.
  7. by   757RN
    I figured why not ask on allnurses before going into work tmmrw to have some idea...
  8. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Coffee Nurse
    If no one has explained something to you, then you really need to take the initiative to ask one of your coworkers or possibly your clinical educator, not a bunch of Internet strangers who may or may not be telling you the truth.
    I totally agree with this. Two people have given you two different answers, which one applies to where you work? Your best bet would be finding out at work.
  9. by   dishes
    What kind of learning style do you have? If you're predominently a visual and tactile learner, you might be benefit from watching youtube video demonstrations on flushing a saline lock and asking colleagues or the educator to show you how to do it.
  10. by   Coffee Nurse
    Quote from 757RN
    I figured why not ask on allnurses before going into work tmmrw to have some idea...
    "Why not ask on allnurses" is because you have no idea who anyone here is or whether they know a saline lock from their elbow. There's at least one frequent poster on these boards who enjoys providing snarky, sarcastic, and oftentimes plain wrong answers. Ask someone whose identity and licensure you can verify.
  11. by   springchick1
    My question is what kind of nursing school and clinical sites did you attend where you don't know how to do this??
  12. by   nursej22
  13. by   Here.I.Stand
    What in the world kind of nursing school doesn't teach this??
  14. by   Shagce1
    Quote from springchick1
    My question is what kind of nursing school and clinical sites did you attend where you don't know how to do this??
    The OP may very well know how to do this and doesn't realize it. Is it possible he/she learned it as different terminology? Not all clinical rotations give the same opportunities. I actually had very little exposure to IV's in general during my clinicals. Just the luck of the draw on the days I was there. Does that mean I went to an inferior school or am an inferior nurse? Yes, the OP should ask at work, but who knows, maybe he or she has been belittled for asking questions at work and is now feeling intimidated.

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