Title

Heparinized Versus Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access in Neonates: An Evidence-Based Practice Change

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2011

Abstract

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.

Comments

At the time of publication Linda L. Cook was affiliated with Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut.

PMID: 21730915

DOI

10.1097/ANC.0b013e31821bab61