Reply To: implanted port flushing

  • Sheila Tobin

    August 30, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    ​Our procedure and policy is instill 5 mL of 100 unit/mL heparin prior to deaccessing. When reaccessing, we immediately aspirate 4 mL of waste.  At times, this doesn’t work, and the port needs to be flushed with a few mL’s prior to aspirating the waste.


    Sheila Tobin BSN RN CPON
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Rady Children’s Hospital
    San Diego CA
    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-30-2019 09:08 AM
    From: Theresa Gerten
    Subject: implanted port flushing

    We aspirate 6ml of blood upon accessing all ports.



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    Original Message——


    ​​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