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@gayle omansky @livesynapse Do you add heparin to your infusion solution (used at 0.8 /1.0 ml/h)?

The "Stockholm tradition" has been: hospitals on the northern side adds heparin, whereas those on the south side don't use heparin. I changed employer in 2014 and is now with a non-heparin NICU :) Since I came from a pro-heparin hospital I was a bit skeptical about not adding heparin to our low-flow saline in central catheters/lines. But, it seems to work equally well.

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Here is some literature on the subject:



Int J Nurs Stud. 2016 Jul;59:51-9. Heparin versus 0.9% sodium chloride intermittent flushing for the prevention of occlusion in long term central venous catheters in infants and children: A systematic review. Bradford NK(1), Edwards RM(2), Chan RJ(3).


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