picc line question

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
does a picc line have to be flushed everyday? my dads was inserted on tuesday and we have no meds yet-we don't want it to clot up!

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my picc line I had to flush it everyday with heparin (2x/24hr).

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I flushed my picc line every day, but mine was with saline.  I did not use heparin.  I flushed it before the infusion and after.  If I did not do an infusion, I did flush it every day still.




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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/18/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   

HI!  It's really important to flush the PICC line daily, and certainly before administering any IV antibiotics.  This will keep the line patent so he can receive the antibiotics.....if the line becomes clotted he may need to have it replaced, which is just another discomfort.....I had my line in for 6 weeks and flushed it daily....any IV cath needs to be flushed.....Good luck to you!


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