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Clot Breaker Reduces Hemodialysis Catheter Failure Risk

Use of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) instead of heparin once weekly as a locking solution for central venous catheters in hemodialysis (HD) patients significantly decreases the risk of catheter malfunction and bacteremia compared with using heparin three times a week, according to Canadian researchers.

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