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We do not aspirate the heparin. We do check for blood return first, for the purposes of validating patency to the line, the heparin is aspirated at that point, but we do not aspirate for the intent to clear the line of heparin from an implanted port.
Regarding the number of ml you would need to aspirate the clear the port, I would check with the manufacturer. It would also depend on the size of the child –i.e.–the length of the line.
—————————— Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MSN, MED, RN, CPON Senior Nursing Instructor The Children’s Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas USA 713-745-0383 email@example.com —————————— ——————————————- Original Message: Sent: 08-30-2019 12:26 PM From: Michael Hans Subject: Implanted port flushing
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 Lebanon ——————————