Reply To: Implanted port flushing

  • Denise Vermaat

    September 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    We do aspirate 5 cc when we access the port, to reduce incidence of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia, before we flush.  This is why we also routinely stopped flushing PIVs with Heparin, and only flush with Saline now.

    Denise Vermaat, RN
    Boca Raton, FL
    United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-30-2019 03:43 AM
    From: Sarah Hakim
    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