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Craig Farris
Hickman flush and Dizzyness

Home care patient.

38 yro Male with dual Lumen Hickman for TPN and dual lumen Vas Cath for dialysis on the other side.  Complains of dizzyness and syncope, neck pain and bad taste with flush( even slow) but not when infusing.  No complaints with dialysis flow rates.  CXR shows both tips in good position.  

Need ideas please? 

1.Mancini D, Vaillancourt R,

1.Mancini D, Vaillancourt R, Pouliot A, Lin A, Sharp D. Taste and odour disturbances in pediatric patients undergoing IV flush with normal saline administered by prefilled or freshly prepared syringes: Randomized single-blind study. The Canadian journal of hospital pharmacy. 2014;67(5):353.

2.Hamze B, Vaillancourt R, Sharp D, Villarreal G. A Comparison of Taste and Odor Perception in Pediatric Patients Receiving a 0.9% Sodium Chloride Flush From 2 Different Brands of Prefilled 0.9% Sodium Chloride Syringes. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2016;39(1):18-24.


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