We are using the PASV (pressure activated safety valve)Â at our facility for open tipped (nonvalved) central venous catheters, along with the max plus. For those that are closed tipped like the groshong we use only the max plus valve. We do saline only flushes to all lines except the implanted ports. The PASV is not being manufactured anymore and we now have to figure out what to do. Is anyone out there using the max plus with saline only flushes and not having any trouble with occlusions? Do we need to get an entirely new positive pressure cap that is universal or do we need to start doing heparin flushes of all of our open tipped catheters again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Jenny Kettle, RN, BSN, CRNI