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What is a heparin or Saline lock?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:59 AM on Dec. 19, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • It's like an IV start, where the catheter (little plastic tube) is already inside your vein, so they can easily attach an IV line if they need to. The saline or heparin helps prevent a clot on the tubing, which would keep the IV from accessing your vein.

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:07 AM on Dec. 19, 2008

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