Posts tagged broviac
10 Reasons Why We Love Gus Gear

Having an infant and now toddler with TPN presents many challenges.  One of the most stressful can be keeping her line from pulling.  Ask any mom with a toddler who moves on TPN and they will tell you its rough! After 7 line breaks in 13 months we knew something needed to change.  We started using Gus Gear Central Line Wrap and it made a  positive difference in our life.  Not only has it reduced stress, it has increased Addie's safety and make sure she is better protected.  I wanted to share why we love Gus and Gear and why every child with a central line should have one...or a few! 

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Blood From a Turnip - Central Line Partial Occlusion

Patency is pretty freakin' important

The problem with Addie’s BROVIAC is that it will flush, fluids can go through, but we get little-to-no blood return.  Blood return is when you draw back on the line, and blood begins to flow back through the line and into the syringe.  Blood return is important! If you’re not getting blood, the solution shouldn’t just be to get blood from somewhere else and move on!  Blood return is an indicator of patency (“the quality or state of being open, unobstructed”) and proper function of the line. Patency has a direct impact on the flow of fluids through the line and plays a key role in preventing infection from bacteria that can linger behind clots or obstructions.  Infections are a central line patient’s worst enemy. 

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