The Hospice Flush Protocol of Saline & Heparin

The IV team is not authorized to carry saline and heparin flushes as they are considered drugs. They need to be ordered from pharmacy and delivered to the patient’s home prior to IV team visit. Some examples of when to order flushes prior to requesting IV services are monthly port flushes, blood draws from central lines, and IV starts.

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Upon admission to Hospice the nurse should obtain an order for flush kits. Remember to order extra flushes if the patient has a duel or triple lumen line.

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