Saline Lock vs. Heparin Lock


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_____ locks are the most common and cost-effective type of lock in the maintenance of peripheral intravenous catheters.

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1. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is a decrease in platelets that may ultimately lead to

2. An elderly man who has been in the hospital for two months is getting a central line placed today. It is important to explain to him that the maintenance of this line will include the use of a _____ lock.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using the worksheet and quiz, you can test your knowledge of saline and heparin locks. How a peripheral intravenous catheter works and anticoagulants are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll see these topics on the quiz:

  • An anticoagulant that helps in keeping the blood thin
  • The most common and cost-effective type of lock for catheter maintenance
  • Effects of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • Lock often used for maintenance of a central line

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about how a peripheral intravenous catheter works
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on saline locks vs. heparin locks
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the best anticoagulant to use for keeping blood thin and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Keep reviewing these locks by making it through the lesson, Saline Lock vs. Heparin Lock. Other topics you can explore in greater detail include:

  • When saline locks are appropriate
  • Differences between heparin locks and saline locks
  • Requirements of using a central line