If a PICC is partically occluded; flushes well but no blood return--is it safe to run infusion? If so, does one wait till it is fully occluded to use cath flo? thanks, JL
INS standards state you cannot give any medication through a line that does not have a blood return. A fully functioning line will give you 3cc of blood briskly, if not it is a dysfunctional catheter and needs to be declotted.
This is correct about the INS standards, however there is no requirement for a specific quantity of blood. You just always need to confirm a brisk, free-flowing blood return through all catheters before they are used. Lynn
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
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