Has anyone ever seen a substance like "chicken fat" drawn from a PICC??Â I did not see the stuff but the floor nurses swear they drew back a fatty substance.
Any ideas as to what this could be?
That's probably exactly what it was--fat.
What are the patient's lipids like? Weirdest blood sample I ever saw was from a very ill lady with DM and morbid obesity. Think her Triglycerides were something like 600 or 700. Vacutainer sample looked like half blood,half cottage cheese.
I've seen it too. The first time that I heard of it though was from a critical care nurse that thought the PICC I put in was defective and caused the "white" stuff in the blood. He saved the tube of blood for me to see it the next day, but by then, it looked normal. no white stuff. Weird.
Kathleen Mazza, RN, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Advanced Care, Inc.
Nadine Nakazawa, RN, BS, OCN, CRNI, VA-BC