Reply To: Implanted port flushing

  • Michael Hans

    August 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    We do not aspirate the heparin.


    Michael Hans, MS, BSN, RN-BC (NPD), CPON®

    Nursing Professional Development Educator

    Nursing Education Department

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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    ​​it is highly appreciated to answer my below concern:

    – if you have an implanted port locked with  heparin, do  u ASPIRATE the content of the implanted port to prevent accidental push of heparin systemically before flushing  ??
    if yes how many ml do we need to aspirate to clear the port from the locked heparin with Normal saline

    Thank you in advance,

    Sarah Hakim, MSN,RN
    Clinical Educator