heparin lock flush solution


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heparin lock flush solution (USP)

Etymology: Gk, hēpar, liver; OE, loc + ME, fluschen + L, solutus, dissolved
a sterile solution of heparin sodium, saline solution, and benzyl alcohol that is intended for use in maintaining patency in IV equipment. It is not used in anticoagulant therapy.

heparin lock flush solution

A solution of unfractionated heparins formerly used to keep intravenous infusion devices from clotting. Heparin flushes are now seldom used because they are more expensive than saline flushes and pose a risk of heparin-related thrombocytopenia, a potentially life-threatening allergy.
See also: solution