Reply To: Discharging Patients with PICC lines

  • Carie Murphy

    June 6, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    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.


    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON

    Assitant Nurse Manager, Weaver 4

    Peds Hem/Onc/BMT Educator

    Wolfson Children’s Hospital

    800 Prudential Drive, Weaver Tower 4

    Jacksonville, FL  32207

    ( (904)202-0520



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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 Horn, MSN, RN, CPON
    Nursing Professional Development
    McLane Children’s Baylor Scott & White Health
    Temple, TX 76502