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Lori Daugherty
Blood Sampling via IJ

Regardless of location(subclavin vs. IJ), if an introducer is present - is blood sampling allowed?

Second question - would these lines be appropriate for an Open Heart "Stepdown" unit?

Thank you! Lori

Gwen Irwin
Blood sampling via IJ

We have used them for blood sampling.

We discourage the transfer of a patient from ICU to the med/surg units with an introducer.  We view that as a situation that requires more monitoring than possible on med/surg unit.  We ask for them to be replaced prior to transfer.  I am not sure that this answers your question about the stepdown unit.

Gwen Irwin

Austin, Texas 

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