Heparinized Versus Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access in Neonates: An Evidence-Based Practice Change
Purpose: To design, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based practice change regarding the use of heparin in intravenous (IV) locks to improve patient safety. Phase I of the project examined dwell time, hours of patency, etc, for IV access devices prior to and following the practice change from heparinized saline (HS) to normal saline (NS) flush. Phase II of the project compared staff knowledge scores before and after an educational offering surrounding the practice change.
Cook, L.L., Bellini, S. & Cusson, R.M. (2011). Heparinized versus normal saline for maintenance of IV access in neonates: An evidence-based practice change. Advances in Neonatal Care 11(3), 208-215.