Lorraine Welman

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BACKGROUND Heparin is used as a flush solution for intravenous and intra-arterial lines, but has a number of drug interactions, as well as potentially serious side effects. METHODS We compared the function of arterial lines for both monitoring and blood sampling when flushed with either normal saline or saline containing heparin (1 unit/mL). Sixty-five(More)
INTRODUCTION Arterial catheters are widely used in intensive care units for continuous blood pressure monitoring and blood sampling. Studies have examined the effect of heparin on patency of arterial catheters but not on platelet counts. Heparin is a naturally occurring anticoagulant that helps prevent clotting and is given to prevent and treat thrombosis.(More)
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