Submitted by valoriedunn, Infusion Therapy Coordinator, Franciscan St Elizabeth Healt on Wed Mar 31 19:10:45 2010
We are haing difficulties getting a blood return from our PICC lines in patients who ar ereceiving vancomycin. We flush with 10ml NS followed by 5ml heparin 10 units per ml and use an antireflux injection cap. I did cathflo on last Wednesday and when the nurse went to get labs Monday night he could not get a blood return. Any tips, ideas would be very appreciated.
Valorie Dunn, RN, BSN, CRNI
Infusion Therapy Coordinator
St Elizabeth Regional Health