A question for anyone dealing with implanted ports.
If you have an inpatient who does not have a continuous IV running, but has prn meds, or scheduled antibiotics, what is your policy for flushing? Do you flush with saline ONLY before and after meds, or do you also use heparin. I am questioned almost weekly about this, even though our policy is for saline only unless you are 'locking off' the patient. When we lock off we use 500 units heparin, then the needle is removed and the patient is discharged home.
Please let me know what others are doing.
Pam Michael, RN