Reply To: Heparin Locks and Port Access

  • Dawn Mannon

    October 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    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