We have always drew blood from our piccs and central lines using a 10 cc syringe and then transfering to blood tubes using a blood transfer device from lab ( a female transfer device)
Â Now for some reason corporate has switched toÂ "male" Â adapters.Â This means if we draw blood from our line in a syringe , our syringe does not attach to the adapter for transfer.Â They want us to use the maleÂ transfer device that hooks directly to the lines cap ( or straight to the line) Â and then we are to hook the appropriate tubes to the device forÂ blood removal.Â Â I havent got to try it yet.
Some of the staff questioned the sterility or aseptic technique in this. We always use sterile wrapped syringes to draw from the line, the blood transfer device is sterile and individually wrapped however, then the blood tubes that weÂ "snap" into the device are not.Â Â they are keptÂ loose and not wrapped.Â What is everyone elses protocol on this?
Is there any problems with using this "vacutainer" style device on piccs.Â Â We use Bard Groshong single or dual lumens and then BardsÂ Solo Power Picc.
Â Thanks for your response,Â Gina Ward R.N, CPANÂ