Does anyone flush the introducer, needle, and guide wire with saline before PICC inset?
You should follow the instructions for use for the specific PICC you are using. There can be lubricious coatings on the wires that are enhanced by saline flushing.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861
Thanks, using Bard power PICCS.
Yes, we pre flush all the lines and also apply the "cap/hub" the the line prior to insertion.
Gina Ward R.N., VA-BC
Do you pre flush the introducer, needle, and wire?
no, we do not pre flush the needle.
the guide wire is placed in the needle upon vein access, the wire is not something that can be flushed, are you wondering if we flush the device that holds the wire before it is inserted in the needle? if so , no