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Do they use hep lock in picc line?

Do they use hep lock in picc line?

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 more

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For blood transfusion, is it okay through hep lock?

For blood transfusion, is it okay through hep lock?

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

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Is there any law against a patient leaving the hospital emergency room with a hep lock or IV access still in his arm?

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

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My hand is swollen and bruised after hep lock infiltration. Should they call the doc?

My hand is swollen and bruised after hep lock infiltration. Should they call the doc?

Swollen hand: If there is quite a bit of redness then i would check back with the doctor. If it is minimally red and swollen then just elevate above your heart and apply some warm compresses. It should resolve on its own. ...Read more

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What to do about hep for my grandmother?

What to do about hep for my grandmother?

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

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How long is recovery for hep a?

How long is recovery for hep a?

Two weeks: Hep.A can make you very sick, but 99/ recover completely and become permanently immune to it. Recovery may take up to 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What does immunity to hep b mean?

What does immunity to hep b mean?

Positive antibody: It means you can't be infected because you have protective antibodies, either from past infection or vaccination. ...Read more

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What food should u eat with hep b?

What food should u eat with hep b?

Not the key: Comply with treatment and eat sensibly. Food choices are not the key to managing this or most other disease. Ignore silly stuff on the Internet and trust evidence-based medicine. Hepatitis B is serious business. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If you had hep a can you catch it again?

If you had hep a can you catch it again?

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