I am new to allnurses and to posting so accept apologies if this is posted wrong.
I am working on a policy regarding drawing blood from PICC lines and have found some conflict, so I thought I would ask the following:
This is the procedure that I have found:
- first withdraw 6 cc and discard
- then flush with 10 cc's n.s. (and this is the part that I don't understand why or if it is necessary- thoughts?)
- then draw labs
- then flush with 10 cc's (some say more -thoughts?)
- then heparinize
Any advice on the above? most appreciated.