Reply To: Prime caps?

  • Ann Chang

    Member
    May 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Is it your practice to fill the “dead space” on the CVL with saline before attaching the new cap? 

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    Ann Chang
    Advanced Nursing Practice Educator
    Hospital for Sick Children
    Toronto, ON
    Canada
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-02-2014 04:22 PM
    From: Regina Wilkes
    Subject: Prime caps?

    We use the microclave blue and have isntructed our nurses that they do not have to prime them before use. 
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    Regina Wilkes
    CNL-St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Memphis, TN
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-02-2014 11:05 AM
    From: Patricia Conlon
    Subject: Prime caps?

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: APHON Open Forum and Inpatient Staff Hospital Issues .
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    We use the Microclave Clear caps as our IV cap which has a 0.04 mL volume.

    We had been removing the dead space from the cap with saline with the previous cap we used and wondered if this is needed.

     

    Do you all prime caps with saline before attaching to patients?

    Do families do this at home too?

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    Patricia Conlon, CNS
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN
    United States
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