We are in the process of eliminating as much Heparin as possible from our Flushing Portocol.
Does anyone have any comment on monthly Port maintenance with Saline?
We are presently still using Heparin.
You can use saline only if you have a valved port - Groshong or PASV ports. Lynn
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
We use positive pressure valves (MaxPlus) on all our open ended ports and CL's, we are a heparin free facility and have very low occlusion rates. We do not use the PASV ports.
The original question was about the monthly access and flush of a port that is not in regular use. Most do not feel that this flush should be with saline only regardless of the type of needleless device being used.