Eliminate Heparin Flush of Peripheral Intravenous Lines

​Use normal saline solution instead of heparin to flush peripheral intravenous lines. Heparin solution should never be used because extra inadvertent doses of heparin through the intravenous lines can lead to adverse drug events, especially when patients are receiving other anticoagulant therapy or are at risk for bleeding.



  • Store heparin separately from saline solution flush materials so staff members do not accidentally select it.


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