I just returned from a meeting, and was told that you never, under any circumstances, put a clave on the port tubing. I was told that even if I sent a person home with a port accessed and no infusion running I was not to use a clave, but to use a syringe cap. The reason given was the negative preasure clave would pull blood into the catheter and cause clotting. I mentioned that using the correct technique would solve that problem. I was told that was the theory, but it didn't work in reality. We have only one type of clave in our system, the old-fashioned negative clave. We are not allowed to use the positive preasure claves, the powers that be say they contribute to clotting lines. I am beginning to rave a little, I suspect, please forgive.
Anyhow,I would like a little feedback from you friendly folks. Any thoughts?