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BD PosiFlush™ is a range of ready to use pre-filled saline syringes containing sodium chloride which are specifically designed for flushing in-situ vascular access devices in order to help maintain patency and reduce the risk of contamination.

 

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RCN standards

According to the RCN standards for Infusion Therapy:²
• The patency of the catheter should be checked prior to administration of medications and/or solutions.²
• The catheter should be flushed at established intervals to promote and maintain patency and to prevent the mixing of incompatible medications and/or solutions.²
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PosiFlush®

The intravenous catheter (IVC) is one of the most ubiquitous medical devices in the world. Approximately four out of five hospital in-patients have an IVC inserted at some point during their stay.

 

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Patency

Flushing with 0.9% sodium chloride solution to ensure and maintain patency should be performed before, between and after the administration of incompatible medications and/or solutions.3,4

 

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Overview

BD PosiFlush™ incorporates a unique syringe design which improves patient outcomes. Clear labelling reduces the risk of medication errors. The standard 10ml syringe diameter reduces the risk of cannula damage. Also, the compact syringe profile reduces waste and costs. Overall, BD PosiFlush™ enhances best clinical practice.
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Selection

BD PosiFlush™ is a range of ready-to-use sterile pre-filled saline syringes containing sodium chloride (NaCl) 0.9%, specifically designed for flushing the following in-situ vascular access devices: Peripheral intravenous cannulae; Peripherally inserted central lines; Short-term single and multi-lumen central venous catheters; Long-term single and multi-lumen central venous catheters and Implantable ports.

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Clinical

Pre-Filled flushing eliminates the need for glass vials or ampoules Eliminates the use of needles and helps to reduce the risk of needlestick injury. The potential for multi-dose cross contamination is eliminated. Also, simplification of preparation reduces likelihood of breaks in aseptic technique. Finally, fewer steps to prepare and flush means less risk of pathogen contamination.
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Practice

Points to practice is a document that offers useful tips of the BD PosiFlush™ ready-to-use sterile pre-filled saline syringe. Tips include practice points such as  “Click to unstick. Gently depress the plunger until you feel/hear a click. This will free the plunger.” and “Use push/pause technique to administer, which creates turbulent flow”.
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Prefilled syringe time efficiencies video

Studies have shown that the use of pre filled syringes have resulted in a significant reduction in the time taken to prepare the prefilled syringes compared with the conventional syringe system. Click this link to view a video that examines the creation of time efficiencies and reduced costs.

Read more about the Association of Aseptic Practice (ASAP) BD PosiFlush™ endorsement

21 April 2011 The Association of Aseptic Practice (ASAP) announced today that it endorses BD PosiFlush TM pre-filled saline syringe as a best practice medical device that has been designed to address specific problems in aseptic practice; namely, the contamination factor inherent in manually prepared flushes. This ready to use flushing device is one of

Praise for BD PosiFlush™ pre-filled saline syringe

The Inside Hospitals Journal publishes an article that praises BD PosiFlush™ pre-filled saline syringe. Click here to read the article.

The Association of Aseptic Practice (ASAP) endorses BD PosiFlush™

The Association of Aseptic Practice (ASAP) endorses BD PosiFlush™ pre-filled saline syringe cited in Journal of Community Nursing (2011), 25(4). Click here to view the article.

BD PosiFlush™ Gold Award

Becton Dickinson picked up the Productive Working Gold Award for BD PosiFlush™ at the inaugural Nursing Times Product Awards. The best nursing products were celebrated at the Nursing Times Product Awards 2010 at London’s prestigious Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on November 3, 2010. The awards have been set up to recognise and reward the products