Per ISPD guideline when is the best time to do the first catheter flush after catheter insertion?

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Alma P., Nurse from Stockton Ca asked
Per ISPD guideline when is the best time to do the first catheter flush after catheter insertion?

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Johann Morelle February 5, 2019

Please find hereafter the ISPD recommandation for post-insertion catheter care, from Figueiredo et al, Perit Dial Int 2010

‘Post-procedure: flushing catheter and capping off using suitable dialysate; covering exit site with a suitable nonocclusive dressing and, if possible, not disturbing for 5 – 10 days; immobilizing the catheter; discharging patient home with supply of aperients and advice on recognizing potential complications. Once the catheter is placed and until healing is completed, the dressing changes should be done by a dialysis nurse using sterile technique.’

These recommendations are based on expert opinions and reflect common practice. 

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