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Do they use hep lock in picc line?
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Mark Safford
When not being infused the PICC lines can be "capped" or "locked". The line is usually flushed with saline or on occasion heparin to keep it open while not in use.
Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
In brief: Sometimes
Heparin locks are frequently used, but other locking solutions (such as saline) are also used.
It's not clear if any one locking solution is better than the others (or if specific patient populations might benefit from a particular solution). There's also a variety of different hubs/connectors that may be used.

In brief: Sometimes
Heparin locks are frequently used, but other locking solutions (such as saline) are also used.
It's not clear if any one locking solution is better than the others (or if specific patient populations might benefit from a particular solution). There's also a variety of different hubs/connectors that may be used.
Dr. Michael Taylor
Dr. Michael Taylor
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