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Leslie Gosey
Obtaining pediatric blood samples

I am posting this question for a colleague.  Thanks in advance for any info!

For pediatric patients, how do you generally obtain blood samples if a central 
line is not available?
A. needle stick
B. Heel stick
C. hep lock
D. peripheral line

 

Anne Marie Frey
We have a pediatric

We have a pediatric phlebotomy team when labs are ordered.  For therapeutic drug levels and blood sugars, the bedside RN will do a finger or heel stick.  Alternatively, my IV team obtains blood samples during IV insertion.  OR the physician may sometimes do a venous or arterial puncture, or in critical care, place an arterial line.  We sometimes put in blood drawing IVs [22gauge and larger] if a patient has short term blood sampling needs for q6 hour or more often labs, such as a new diabetic or a child on a heparin infusion or a new leukemic getting q 6 hour lysis labs or for studies requiring frequent draws.  Anne Marie Frey RN, BSN, CRNI

Clinical Nurse Level Four

Vascular Access Service: I.V. Team

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Anne Marie Frey RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
Clinical Expert
Vascular Access Service: I.V. Team
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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rayedillon
totally depends on the test,
totally depends on the test, patient and phlebotomist
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