Reply To: IVAD/Port flushing

  • Daniela Petkovic

    February 15, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    Our institution flushes PORTs every 4 weeks when not in use. We only use heparinized saline to lock however we can also utilise a taurolidine lock if clinically indicated.

    Daniela Petkovic, CNS
    Clinical Nurse Specialist Oncology Services
    Sydney, NSW
    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-06-2022 11:16 AM
    From: Patricia Conlon
    Subject: IVAD/Port flushing

    Has anyone changed to flushing ports every 3 months when not in use versus every 28 days?
    Per ONS and INS, extended maintenance flushing may be extended to every 3 months. (INS, S87)

    Have any of your institutions stopped using heparin? Any issues?
    Thank you,

    Patricia Conlon, APRN, CNS
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Mayo Clinic Children’s Center
    Rochester, MN