Reply To: IVAD/Port flushing

  • Barbara Perkins

    September 6, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    My concern is what happens in the adult world.  If the patient during the 3 months they are not accessed and experiences a UTI or bacterial infection of any kind with the possibility of the bacteria living in the port.  The patient could become septic when you access the port after 3 months.  Just a thought.

    Original Message:
    Sent: 9/6/2022 12:17:00 PM
    From: Patricia Conlon
    Subject: IVAD/Port flushing

    Has anyone changed to flushing ports every 3 months when not in use versus every 28 days?
    Per ONS and INS, extended maintenance flushing may be extended to every 3 months. (INS, S87)

    Have any of your institutions stopped using heparin? Any issues?
    Thank you,

    Patricia Conlon, APRN, CNS
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Mayo Clinic Children’s Center
    Rochester, MN