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No that is not our current practice. We teach and train caregivers to flush and heplock twice a day at home. I haven’t done a lit search on this recently, but last I looked and per our PICC RN Team that was best practice last discussion.
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——————————————- Original Message: Sent: 6/5/2022 7:34:00 PM From: Kelly Horn Subject: Discharging Patients with PICC lines
What is your practice for sending patients home with a PICC line for those who are not needing medications at home (newly diagnosed leukemia etc,)? Do you teach them to flush the lines at home? Lately, some of our physicians have sent the patient home with return to clinic appointment in a week with no flushing in between. Is anyone else doing this?
Thanks in advance, Kelly
—————————— Kelly Horn, MSN, RN, CPON Nursing Professional Development McLane Children’s Baylor Scott & White Health Temple, TX 76502 kelly.horn@BSWHealth.org ——————————