Have you ever drawn labs from a line and had some buoyant white goop in the tube? I was thinking it might be propofol, but on this particular pt I had been drawing labs on her for a number of days in a row and she hasn't been on propofol for a long time... What is it???
Is pt on heparin? You will also sometimes see these "white" clumps in pts with Hypertriglyceridemia. We see it alot in dialysis in the chambers of our dialysis tubing and dialyzers. Check her lipid profiles and probably high. I have one pt when we draw for her monthly labs there is so much it sometimes literally slows our draw. Her labs were running in the 800's for her triglycerides!!!
Another thing we see in draws are called "White Thrombus". Has to do with platelet and fibrin aggregations.
Last edit by Lacie on Dec 13, '09