Quote from gitterbug
If ER admit then ER attending can write order for blood draw from PICC or Portacath. Otherwise, calling a physician for order is correct protocol. Patients with PICC or Portacaths here refuse to be stuck for blood simply because they have these devices implanted for blood draws, why do your patients allow themselves to be stuck and usually without success?
I agree, it is sooooo frustrating to me to get a patient for the first time after they've been in our facility for several days and see they have a picc/port and lab is still coming.... I'm new to this profession and don't want to come off as a 'know it all' to my experienced coworkers, but this just burns my britches. And I work mostly nights so at midnight, I get to decide whether to call the doc and request that I can draw blood in a few hours.... Where is the compassion, and isn't that why we hopefully got into this difficult and rewarding job? I don't understand why we need the order since, yes!, isn't this the point of a port?
Why do these folks allow us to continue to needlesslypoke them? Because they are sick, vulnerable, and trusting. Oh, don't get me going....:uhoh21:
That's an excellent point about ER getting the order, next time someone comes from ER, I will ask that at report, and also bring this up at our next staff meeting.