? on drawing PT/INR

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    I have to draw a PT/INR and want to know if it needs to be done at a certain time of day or if there any other special things I need to know...have never done one before. I will be doing the stick, there's no line in place, will be done in the home.

    I did a search on the board but if there's something here on it, I didn't see it...

    Thanks!!

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    Quote from Zookeeper44
    I have to draw a PT/INR and want to know if it needs to be done at a certain time of day or if there any other special things I need to know...have never done one before. I will be doing the stick, there's no line in place, will be done in the home.

    I did a search on the board but if there's something here on it, I didn't see it...

    Thanks!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! I imagine you are checking the INR due to coumadin therapy? You can check this anytime. Are you doing homehealth?
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    I did them all the time when I worked in home health. Time of day wasn't a factor. If you're working today, I hope you get a chance to have some Thanksgiving dinner!
    mc3
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    We check PT/INRs in the morning at my workplace. We give all Coumadin between 7:00pm and 8:00pm for consistency in the results, and we tend to check the PT/INRs at about 6:00am for the same reason.

    I should also mention that we use Coagucheck machines to check our PT/INRs. They look exactly like oversized glucometers, and we basically stick the patient's finger with a lancet, obtain a large drop of blood, transfer the blood onto the testing strip, and wait a few seconds for the result to appear.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    We check PT/INRs in the morning at my workplace. We give all Coumadin between 7:00pm and 8:00pm for consistency in the results, and we tend to check the PT/INRs at about 6:00am for the same reason.

    I should also mention that we use Coagucheck machines to check our PT/INRs. They look exactly like oversized glucometers, and we basically stick the patient's finger with a lancet, obtain a large drop of blood, transfer the blood onto the testing strip, and wait a few seconds for the result to appear.
    Ooooh, I have never seen that machine before. Ours are still being sent out to the lab. Would be awesome to just do ourselves.
    pinkchris2000 and BunnySan27 like this.
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    I dont know if this is facility specific or not, but in my ER when we draw coags it is the only specimen tube that MUST be filled completely w/blood. If you are also drawing other labs at that time, i believe the coags tube is supposed to be drawn second or third in order of tubes, with lactic acid/blood cultures/venous gas first, serum separator/serum level tubes second (red top for us), then coags (blue top) and then the rest, i forget what order.
    LaughingRN and tcvnurse like this.
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    I am doing hospice, and no I am not working today, need to do the PT/INR tomorrow.

    So if the tube does not fill completely (which I don't think I've ever seen one do?) how do you get it filled...???
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    The blue top tube should have enough suction in it to get it filled. The brand we use has a line on the tube that the blood has to reach. If you're doing a stick, if you can just draw 3mL into a syringe and then transfer the blood from the syringe into the tube, that'll work.
    Five&Two Will Do likes this.
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    All blood tubes have negative pressure that creates suction to pull the blood into the tube, you can actually fill any of them all the way if you wanted to, but isnt required, with the exception of the lactic acid tube, and yes there is a line just below the blue part of the tube that is the "fill to" line
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    An easy way to remember order of blood draws.

    Yellow light, red light, green light, go
    Now all sterile draws first regardless. then...
    Yello tube (Yello)
    Light blue (Light)
    Red tube/tiger tops (Red light)
    Green tube (Green)
    Lavender tube (Light)
    Gray tube (Go)

    These are the most common rainbow colors used it seems.
    elprup, NRSKarenRN, and SneakySnake like this.


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