Can anyone give me information on using an Ethanol lock on a central line? It is really strange, but I heard of a pt in the hospital just now at nutritional support meeting, and coming back to the office after that meeting, I had a Home Care RN ask me about the same thing on a patient of hers!!! I have (a number of years ago) used it for lipid sludge in a Hickman, but have not yet heard of using it as a lock. In the 2nd case, the MD wants to use it daily as a lock solution AFTER the patients antibiotic therapy iis completed.
In the first case the doc is using it because this is the pts last place for a central line and the doc is trying to keep the line. That is what the pt told the pharmacist.
Anything you can share will be appreciated. Thanks!!