What is heparin saline lock?
The saline or heparin lock is a type of venous access. It is more commonly known as an IV or an intravenous catheter. Saline locks are routinely used for most women when they are admitted to the hospital in labor. Having this IV or saline lock in place allows for immediate access to your vein.
What is the purpose of heparin lock?
This medication is used to keep IV catheters open and flowing freely. Heparin helps to keep blood flowing smoothly and from clotting in the catheter by making a certain natural substance in your body (anti-clotting protein) work better.
Is heparin lock and saline lock the same?
A saline lock (SL), also known as a heparin lock, is a peripheral intravenous cannula connected to extension tubing with a positive pressure cap (see Figure 8.7).
What is a saline lock nursing?
A saline lock is a thin, flexible tube placed in a vein in your hand or arm. It sticks out a few inches. The lock is used when you may need to get medicines through a vein (intravenous, or IV). The doctor or nurse puts the medicine through the lock and into your vein.
How is heparin lock administered?
This medication is given by injection into the IV catheter as directed by your doctor. Do not inject this medication into the body. Heparin comes in many strengths.
Why do we heparin lock PICC lines?
Heparin is used to prevent blood from clotting in the central venous line (CVL) or peripherally-inserted central catheter (PICC) and blocking the line when it is not in use. This is done when the CVL/PICC is no longer required for medication or fluid infusions.
Do you aspirate heparin lock?
PICC lines are frequently flushed with heparin to maintain patency and therefore it is imperative to aspirate 5 ml of blood from the line prior to use.
How do you give heparin locks?
How to use Heparin Lock Flush 10 Unit/Ml Intravenous Solution. This medication is given by injection into the IV catheter as directed by your doctor. Do not inject this medication into the body. Heparin comes in many strengths.
How do you heparin lock a PICC?
Heparin locking procedure
- Clean your work surface with alcohol and allow it to dry.
- Prepare heparin syringe as instructed for your child’s weight.
- To stop your child’s infusion, clamp the CVL/PICC and detach tubing from cap.
- Wash your hands.
- Scrub the cap vigorously with an alcohol wipe for 15 seconds.