Intermittent heparinised saline flushes for maintaining indwelling peripheral and central intravenous catheters in diabetic dogs

Fleeman, L and Rand, J (2001) Intermittent heparinised saline flushes for maintaining indwelling peripheral and central intravenous catheters in diabetic dogs. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 31 3: 126-134.

Author Fleeman, L
Rand, J
Title Intermittent heparinised saline flushes for maintaining indwelling peripheral and central intravenous catheters in diabetic dogs
Journal name Australian Veterinary Practitioner   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-138X
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 126
End page 134
Total pages 6
Place of publication St Leonards, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association
Language eng
Abstract Intermittent low-dose heparinised saline flushes were found to be efficacious for maintaining patency of indwelling peripheral and central intravenous catheters in diabetic dogs. The catheters were flushed with 1 mL of 1 U/mL heparinised saline every two hours immediately following blood sample collection, or every 12 hours when not being used for sampling. Central catheters were flushed with saline solution first to clear the line before instillation of the heparinised saline. Patency of 54/57 (95%) of the peripheral catheters and 30/32 (94%) of the central catheters was achieved for up to 36 hours and five days, respectively. No phlebitis, or local or systemic infections were observed and, in each case, catheter failure was attributable to obstruction or extravasation. It is unlikely that there will be any contraindications to this flushing technique and its introduction may improve intravenous catheter survival and reduce catheter-associated complications in hospitalised dogs.
Keyword Veterinary Sciences
Central Venous Catheters
Randomized Controlled Trials
Parenteral-nutrition
Lipoprotein-lipase
Vein-thrombosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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