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We have recentlyconverted to the BARD Solo PICCs.  I received a phone call from our discharge planner stating that the outpatient population is have many issues with clotted lines.  Surprisingly we are not seeing this in the inpatient setting.  I do realize that flushing practices are vitally important with these lines. 

Is anyone else experiencing the same issue?

Do you have any information that you have found through experience about specific care issues with the Solo PICC?


Thank you,

Glenda Dennis
We have experienced an

We have experienced an increase in clotted lines with the Solo but we changed to an Alaris positive pressure cap at about the same time.  I am thinking that the cap is involved in this problem and that we haven't completed the learning curve on how to flush correctly.  Still working on that......

We too use the Solo Power
We too use the Solo Power PICCs and have seen an increase in occlusions and Cathflo use.  We presently are in the process of changing caps from the Microclave to the CLC 2000.  We hope this will make a big difference.
Try the Navilyst PASV Valved
Try the Navilyst PASV Valved Picc it works with any endcap.
My hospital has a contract
My hospital has a contract with Bard. Not my decision. Never heard of Navilyst. Good statistics? Where's the valve located? The Bard PP Solo PICC's are nice because they can be trimmed to size and used for central venous pressure monitoring, and it works with any endcap too.
Timothy L. Creamer
The PowerPICC SOLO catheter

The PowerPICC SOLO catheter will accomodate any end cap connector whether negative, neutral, or positive displacement. PowerPICC SOLO instructions include disconnecting syringe while dispensing last 0.5ml of saline flush. This is positive pressure flushing, this back to basic flushing method on all types of lines wil not only allow the infusion valve of the SOLO to close without reflux, it will assist in maintaining PIV and central line patency as well (in my experience).

Hope this helps.

Timothy L. Creamer, RN

Clinical Specialist, Bard Access Systems

Florida Division

Timothy L. Creamer RN, CRNI

Clinical Specialist, Bard Access Systems

Florida Division

Navilyst is the new name for

Navilyst is the new name for the former Oncology Division of Boston Scientific.


The PASV Proximal Valved PICC has been rigorously tested.

 Learn more here



I place Bard Power PICC
I place Bard Power PICC Solos and have found they are more prone to clogging, whether it be blood, medications, or TPN. My hospital isn't big enough nor convinced enough for an IV PICC team, so the floor nurses maintain the PICC's with my occasional supervision when I'm not too busy. We have used postitive pressure caps the whole time. I have thoroughly educated about the importance of vigorous pulse type flushing with ample quantities of NS(30ml after blood draws,ATB's, and TPN), and hang reminder signs in the patients rooms and med rooms. I've noticed the line clogging issue has decreased significantly since this vigorous educating campaign was initiated a few months ago. I also notice when I have a sluggish line, that if I use about 5 10ml NS syringes with vigorous, forceful, pulseatile flushes, that I can improve sluggishness significantly.
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