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These are general guidelines. Your nurse will teach you how to take care of your catheter. Be sure to follow the specific instructions he or she gives you. Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns.
To keep your catheter working right, you will need to flush it with a
heparin solution. A heparin solution is a liquid that keeps blood from clotting
in your catheter and blocking it.
Your doctor will give you a prescription for heparin and
the supplies that you will need. Many cancer treatment centers send supply kits
home to help patients care for their catheters.
You will need to flush your catheter every day and after each use.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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