Reply To: Flushing port for patient with Heparine Induced Thrombocytopenia

  • Pamela Smith

    March 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    We had a teenage girl with HIT about 10 years ago- we were seeing her frequently for lab draws(1-2 times per week) etc and got by with only saline flush.  Others may have more experience.


    Pam Smith, MSN, RN, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner

    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Section

    WVU Pediatric Department




    ——Original Message——

    Your opinion on a patient issue is highly appreciated:
    We have an 8 m old baby-girl with infantile ALL who have a subcutaneous port and developed Heparine Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT). Do you have any experience or recommendation on the solution we can use to lock the chamber other that heparinized saline??

    Looking forward for your feedback.

    Rima Saad, BSN,CPHON,MSN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    American University of Beirut