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Drawing labs when starting an IV

 Another question was asked from our education department where I work.... infectious disease department is concerned about starting a new IV site and drawing labs off initially.  They feel there is too much manipulation and a possibility for infection.  Is this an OK practice or not??


 I have looked at most of the

 I have looked at most of the literature on the practices of drawing blood from short peripheral catheters. I can tell you that all of it focuses on the success of obtaining the sample and the accuracy of the lab valvues given a specific process. I have not seen any studies that have assessed the outcome of the catheter including rates of any complication when a catheter was used to obtain a blood sample. You may also find it helpful to read a recent lit review on short peripheral catheters and infection. You can find it at


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

 Thank-you for the

 Thank-you for the info...just reviewed the link you gave me as well. I will pass this on and see where it goes from here.

  Celia Wedge RN, CRNI, OCN, VA-BC


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