Reply To: Gent. Locking Broviac line – no heparin

  • Rebecca Ramos

    March 9, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    We have had patients with ethanol and other antibiotic locks on the gen peds units. We lock the line with the solution only, no heparin. No harm in flushing the line prior to instilling the locking solution, though.

    Rebecca Ramos, MS, RN, PedBC
    Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital
    New Brunswick, NJ
    United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 03-09-2023 11:31 AM
    From: Carie Murphy
    Subject: Gent. Locking Broviac line – no heparin

    We need to instill a Gent. lock into a lumen of a central line.  Gent. lock is not compatible with heparin like a Vanc. lock is.  How does your institution do a Gent. lock?  Do you flush with NS, flush 10 unit heparin then Gent. lock the line?  Or do you just flush with NS and Gent. lock avoiding the use of heparin?  Thanks for any quick responses.

    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON
    ANM, Weaver 4
    Peds Hem/Onc/BMT Educator
    Wolfson Children’s Hospital
    800 Prudential Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32207