Flushing of intravenous locks in neonates: no evidence that heparin improves patency compared with saline.

@article{Bellini2012FlushingOI,
  title={Flushing of intravenous locks in neonates: no evidence that heparin improves patency compared with saline.},
  author={Sandra L Bellini},
  journal={Evidence-based nursing},
  year={2012},
  volume={15 3},
  pages={86-7}
}
Nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit ■ (NICU) need to be mindful of the confl icting evidence supporting the use of heparin for maintenance of intravenous locks. This study highlights the unsubstantiated and poten ■ tially dangerous routine practice of heparin administration for maintenance of intravenous locks in neonates. Animal studies focusing on the use of heparin for ■ maintenance of small-bore, low-fl ow central line catheters should be conducted to establish feasibility… CONTINUE READING
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