A meta-analysis of effects of heparin flush and saline flush: quality and cost implications.

@article{Goode1991AMO,
  title={A meta-analysis of effects of heparin flush and saline flush: quality and cost implications.},
  author={Colleen J Goode and Marita G. Titler and Barbara A. Rakel and Deniz S. Ones and Charmaine M Kleiber and Shayne Small and Pamela Klauer Triolo},
  journal={Nursing research},
  year={1991},
  volume={40 6},
  pages={324-30}
}
The purpose of this meta-analysis was to estimate the effects of heparin flush and saline flush solutions on maintaining patency, preventing phlebitis, and increasing duration in peripheral heparin locks. The average effect size (d value) across 15 studies with a total sample size of 3,490 was .0573 for patency (clotting). The 95% credibility interval ranged from -.2267 to .3413. The average effect size across 13 studies with a total sample size of 2,356 was -.0757 for phlebitis. The 95… CONTINUE READING

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