Posted: October 17th, 2017
Some institutions will not infuse a fat emulsion, such as Intralipid, into central venous access devices (CVAD) because:
A. Lipid residue may accumulate in the CVAD and occlude the catheter.
B. If the catheter clogs, there is no treatment other than removal and replacement.
C. Lipids are necessary only in the most extreme cases to prevent essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency.
D. Fat emulsions are very caustic.
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