How Often Should You Flush A Peripheral IV?

What are peripheral IV sites?

The preferred sites for IV cannulationHand.

Dorsal arch veins.


Volar aspect.

Cubital fossa.

Median antecubital, cephalic and basilic veins.


Dorsal arch.


Saphenous vein at the knee..

What do you flush a peripheral IV with?

Flush with normal saline syringe, using the push-and-pause method. Remove the syringe. Flush with heparin syringe, using the push-and-pause method. Remove the syringe.

When should you flush an IV site?

Flushing is performed:Before and after administering IV fluids or medications to assess placement and patency of PIV.After blood sampling.After each infusion to prevent mixing of incompatible medications and solutions.Every 12 hours when the saline lock is not in use.

How long can a peripheral IV stay in?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2011 guidelines state that it is not necessary to replace peripheral IV catheters in adults more than every 72 to 96 hours,3 but the CDC does not specify when the catheters should be replaced.

How often should an unused PICC line be flushed?

The PICC needs to be flushed once weekly with 10mls of 0.9% Sodium Chloride to maintain patency when not in use or after any infusion or bolus injection. There is no need to withdraw blood into the syringe prior to a routine flush with saline (RCN 2010).

Why do we flush IV?

A saline flush is the method of clearing intravenous lines (IVs), Central Lines or Arterial Lines of any medicine or other perishable liquids to keep the lines (tubes) and entry area clean and sterile. … Flushing is required before a drip is connected to ensure that the IV is still patent.