Reply To: Leaving peripheral lines in for recurrent visits

  • Angela Tidwell

    August 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    We do leave peripheral IVs in place overnight. Our policy states that peripheral IVs are flushed every 8-12 hours with 1.5 ml of normal saline with preservative if there is not a continuous infusion going. Therefore, we teach parents the proper procedure to flush IVs. We order the supplies for the family. We do not allow patients to be discharged from the inpatient/outpatient area if anything is infusing in the IV.

    Angela Tidwell, MSN,RN
    St Jude Childrens Research Hospital
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-10-2016 07:21 AM
    From: Charlotte Smith
    Subject: Leaving peripheral lines in for recurrent visits

    Our Spec CT scan is currently located off site and our patients have a peripheral line placed for the injection and return the next day and have a new PIV placed for their scan.

    Does anyone send patients home with saline locked peripheral IV’s for next day return visits? If so, does anyone have a  policy they would be willing to share? 

    Charlotte Smith RN, MSN NE-NC
    Cohen Children’s Medical Center
    New Hyde Park, NY