I have recieved several patients in our hospital who are saying the centers where they get their chemo are not "locking" the port with Heparin prior to de accessing.
One pt said they told her Heparin increases infection, and other said they just dont use it anymore.
Is there a new push towards this for some reason???
I am aware of the reduced use of Heparin routinely due to HIT, but I am referring to the once a month locking of the infusaport. I am reviewing the INS standards, and dont see anything specific, just used per facility policy and a note about controlled trials have shown equvalent outcome with heparin and sodium chloride so.........are facilities just getting away from the Heparin all toghether?
Thank for your responses, Gina Ward