Heparin vs. saline for peripheral i.v. locks in children
NLM Title Abbreviation
PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of saline versus heparin flush solution to maintain peripheral i.v. locks in a pediatric population. METHOD: A prospective, randomized, double-blind design was used. A sample of 124 peripheral i.vs. were flushed with either saline or heparin in saline. Subjects were infants over 28 days of age and children. FINDINGS: The heparin and saline groups were comparable for total hours duration of the i.v. and for incidence of complications. CONCLUSIONS: Saline is efficacious in maintaining patency of peripheral i.v. locks in children over 28 days of age.
Catheterization, Peripheral/nursing, Child, Child, Preschool, Clinical Nursing Research, Double-Blind Method, Heparin/administration & dosage, Humans, Infant, Prospective Studies, Sodium Chloride/administration & dosage, Vascular Patency
Published Article/Book Citation
Pediatric nursing, 19:4 (1993) pp.405-9, 376.