I know that transfering blood from a syringe to a lab tube should be done with a needleless adaptor. Is this an INS Standard or OSHA?
OSHA! If there is a safety device available it must be evaluated and provided to staff. 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
And, if you have a safety device available to you but choose not to use it because you are in a hurry it puts you on some shakey ground from filing a claim of injury should something happen.
Just use a stop-cock. Put the blood filled syringe in one of the luer attachments and the Vacutainer tube (needle less) in the other. Switch so that the syringe and tube are connected and close again if you want to stop filling a tube before the vacuum is used up in that tube. Otherwise just switch syringes/tubes as needed. Does this make sense; maybe I use some strange English here....
Mats in Stockholm
Mats, a stopcock should only be used for one procedure, then removed and discarded. This adds unreimbursed costs, so it is not used in the USA. Use of stopcocks is not recommended by INS Standard 31, plus CDC has some discussion of their risks also. I know this practice differs from what is common in many European countries.
We use the BD Vacutainer blood transfer device. Ref# 364880. It is the pink tipped female luer adapter. It attaches to the syringe and you fill the tubes from the inside of the device. No way to come in contact with the blood and no needles or stopcocks to fiddle with.
Diane Suter, RN, VAT
This is a bloodborne pathogen (BBP) issue that is governed by OSHA. INS is a society that makes recommendations based on best-practice. Needlesticks and the prevention therein is OSHA.