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When Common Infusion Procedures Become Risky

When Common Infusion Procedures Become Risky

Flushing and locking vascular access devices (VADs) are 2 common procedures performed on patients receiving treatment in infusion centers. Flushing is the act of moving fluids, medications, blood, and blood components out of the VAD to ensure treatment delivery and assess for patency. Locking, on the other hand, is the installation of a solution into a VAD to maintain patency during periods of nonuse. While the actual procedure is not complicated and is viewed as easy to do, performing the correct steps and the rationale for doing so may be overlooked.

Because of its invasive nature, infusion therapy is risky. VADs […] Read more