Reply To: Prime caps?

  • Kimberly Duback

    May 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    It is our practice to prime all of our caps with a new sterile saline before placing the new cap on the line.

    Kimberly Duback
    Advocate Children’s Hospital- Oak Lawn
    Oak Lawn, IL
    United States

    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 .

    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?

    Patricia Conlon, CNS
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN
    United States