This question was asked of our team and I wanted to get some feedback before we respond. Add on devices are also a risk of contamination, disconnection, and misconnection. Please give your feedback on the issue, it seems like more of a risk to me than beaking the line only when you have to for those instances. Thanks!
"I have a question regarding PICC lines and drawing blood. (This question applies when you do not have an open port on the PICC.) I understand that the INS discourages frequently “breaking” IV lines, for example so the patient can ambulate in the hallway or go to PT. But what is their recommendation for frequently “breaking” the line to draw blood? Would placing a stop cock at the distal end of the IV line be an option? I believe what is currently done is the IV line is taken apart “broken” and the line flushed, waste drawn, specimen drawn, line flushed and IV line hooked up again. Is this best practice?"