does anyones policy allow vacutainer use for blood sampling form portacaths??? if so please e-mail me at email@example.com
Feb 19, '02
Last edit by Chuckie on Feb 27, '02
Apr 30, '02
I don't know if there is a policy or not, but I don't think that using vacutainers is a good idea. I've seen it done, but I would avoid it. You don't have any control if you're using a vacutainer. I really don't think there's a problem using a 5 cc syringe to withdraw blood from a port, though. Especially if you withdraw slowly enough and are extremely careful not to collapse the line.
You should never push anything *into* a central line with anything smaller than a 10 cc syringe, for the reasons that pauls-gal said. Pending further research, of course.
Last edit by NurseDennie on Apr 30, '02