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Yes: Typically in piccs without a valve. Ones without a valve can become filled with blood that clots. Heparin helps prevent the clot. Piccs with a valve does not allow blood to enter and can be flushed with saline. Piccs with valves that are not working well can be locked with Heparin to help their function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most likely yes.: A hep-lock is a connection filled with Heparin to prevent clotting in the IV line between uses. If this has a part that can be opened, or a rubber end, then the blood unit can be hooked up and connected, or a needle can go through the rubber end. Otherwise, it can simply be removed and then the blood unit can be connected. Either way it can be done, and the little Heparin should not interfere. ...Read more
No: Go back and get it out.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is there any law against a patient leaving the hospital emergency room with a hep lock or IV access still in his arm?
No: However, most hospitals will require you to sign a form that states that you understand that by leaving against medical advice, you might be at risk for serious complications. ...Read more
Hep?: Do you mean hepatitis? Best to bring your grandma to see her family doc & gastroenterologist. Tests will be needed to determine cause of hepatitis eg medical vs infection. If latter, we need to figure out if it's B or C or otherwise. Then we can discuss treatment options. Be sure to bring all her medications from all her doctors to this visit along w/all her over-the-counter dietary supplemen ...Read more
You have an army now: Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that attacks the liver. You get it from contaminated food or water. Once you get it, the body makes antibodies (our fighting army) to fight another exposure of the virus. Just as when we immunize a patient with the vaccine, exposure to the virus initially gives us an immunity to Hep A. Most recover without problems. ...Read more