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SASH Technique

S Saline Flush Ensures patency of the line and clears the line of residual medication
A Administer Administration of the medication or connection of the infustion
S Saline Flush Ensures patency of the line and clears the line of residual medication
H Heparin
(If the device requires heparin for patency)
To minimize the potential of a blood clot forming inside the central line lumen

* Cleanse needleless connector with alcohol - 15 second scrub and allow to air dry
* Aspirate for blood return to ensure line patency before each access


The Infusion Nurses Society’s Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice clearly define three purposes of catheter flushing; to assess catheter function, to maintain catheter patency, and to prevent contact between incompatible medications or fluids that could produce a precipitate. For effective catheter flushing, the nurse must have an understanding of technique and the equipment used within his/her institution as well as the type of catheter in use. Specific flushing orders must be documented, in-cluding the saline amount and frequency, and the heparin concentration, amount, and frequency.