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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
A Peripheral Catheter is an intravenous line placed in a vein in your arm. The type of catheter you have is called a _____________________.
Care of Peripheral Catheters
A nurse will care for your peripheral IV catheter (change the catheter and dressing).
You must look at the site where the catheter enters your arm twice a day. Report any redness, swelling, pain or drainage to the nurse.
Flushing Peripheral Catheters
- PICC lines (this includes Landmark® catheters).
- Flush once a day and/or after your infusion with 3 cc of saline (if required) followed by 3 cc of 100 units/cc heparin.
- Heparin locks (this includes Streamline catheters).
- Flush once a day with 1 cc of 100 units/cc heparin.
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