I do have a couple of questions for you regarding the new solo power PICCs.Â
Have there been any complaints about â€œcontaminatedâ€ labs drawn using these lines? By contaminated, I am referring to contamination by dilution of IVFs/meds left in the 3-way valve area after flushing with 10 of NS and aspiration of 5 cc waste, is there any chance that fluid in that valve area has not been flushed out well, and might be affecting lab values.Â We have suddenly had a onslaught of erroneous labs drawn and the nurses are pointing to the power PICCS here while lab thinks that fluids have been left running during the draws.Â Â Â We have had results of K+ of 19, and glucose leves that were 1000+ from the line draw vs 124 from the peripheral redraw.Â The solos are theÂ ones I am wondering about, because of that round reservoir containing the valves at the entrance to the line.
If you have any insight or information regarding this, please let me know.
Lesha Seaver RN
IV Team, Liberty Hospital, Liberty, MO