Caller concerned that vascath/permacath dialysis catheter looks too similar to regular central lines.
A normal central line holds 200 u of heparin and a nurse uses this line, while a vascath/permacath dialysis line holds 1200u of heparin and is used for diaylsis only.
The only staff that use this line are rns who specialize in the procedure.
Other rn's who are not specialized in the usage of the lines are mistaking the dialysis cath.
For the central line and utilizing it by mistake.
Pts are then recieving an over bolus of heparin, which could cause a pt to "bleed out".
Caller notes 2-3 incidents where this has occurred and pt's bled.
Caller concerned that catheters are not labelled properly - surggests labels "for diaylsis only" or "not for i/v use" to avoid future mistakes.