Heparin flush

Amber-G

Brand Name(s):Hepsal, Monoparin

Indication:Maintaining patency of peripheral venous catheters

Rationale:

Considered:May-08

Review Date:May-23

Comments:
Evidence reviewed by UK Medicines Information (UKMi) confirms that Heparin flushes should not normally be used to flush peripheral intravenous catheters.

All flush solutions should only be administered following a prescription or patient group direction.

Organisations should review local policies to minimise the use of heparin flush solutions in all devices, including complex central venous or arterial catheters.

NPSA Rapid Response Report 24th April 2008