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We typically don’t leave port needles in unless they are returning the next day to clinic. If so, we make sure to put a biopatch under the dressing and flush with 100 unit heparin. ——————————————- Dawn Mannon Phoenix, AZ United States ——————————————-
——————————————- Original Message: Sent: 10-23-2014 01:49 PM From: Sarah Kaczor Subject: Heparin Locks and Port Access
I have two questions that our clinic is struggling with and any help/guidance/evidence-based practice would be awesome!
1. If a patient gets accessed and is not coming back in the next two days, do you keep him/her accessed? 2. If a patient is staying accessed and not coming back for two days (i.e. accessed Monday, coming back Wednesday), how much heparin are you using for a hep lock on Monday?
Hopefully those questions make sense and we appreciate any input you may have. Thank you!
——————————————- Sarah Kaczor Alexandria, VA United States ——————————————-