I am looking for suggestions or flushing protocols for outpatient PICCs where they are not using the PICCs regularly at home and coming into treatment rooms for ?infusions.
My outpatient oncology unit is questioning the flushing of power PICCs and haveÂ questions about the regularity of flushes with the open-ended power PICCs.Â
I have been wanting to suggest that a weekly saline flush would probably be sufficient if using positive displacement caps.Â Ideally, a daily flush would be good butÂ I detect a negativity that I am not usingÂ valved catheters and therefore causing problems. I need to decide if IÂ can say that weekly flush is OK or to go with theÂ practise to teach the clients to flush daily with saline. I do realize that I could go to the valved power PICCs but am not going there yet and need to decide what to do now. (I have a call to return from guess who)