Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Algorithm for troubleshooting catheter occlusion

Source: Hamilton Health Sciences Centre IV Team (2002). Algorithm for troubleshooting catheter occlusion.
(Unpublished document). Hamilton: Author. Adapted with permission.

*Alert: Nurses require a medical directive or direct client order prior to instilling thrombolytic agents,
0.1 HCL[Acid Solution], NaHCO3 [Alkaline solution] or Ethanol Alcohol 70%. Consult with MD.