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drawing blood from a short peripheral catheter

In the INS standards it states peripheral short catheters should not be used routinely for blood drawing. i am wondering what is the rational behind this and is there any evidence to support this?

22 references listed

Have you looked at the list of references following this standard? There are 22, so there was evidence then to support this standard. There are other newer studies pointing a much higher rate of hemolysis when samples are taken from an IV catheter upon insertion. Trying to take a sample at any point in the dwell time also risks greater vein damage and loosing the IV site much more quickly, along with the question of accurate results if fluids are infusing through the catheter. So you are not doing your patient any favors to use your peripheral IV site for obtaining a blood sample. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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