Do you need a doctor's order in order to draw blood for labs from a patient's port-a-cath? None of the nurse's on my shift, including the charge RN, could give a me a definite answer.
On one hand, it would make sense since the port-a-cath is a central line and, like a PICC line, it would require the expertise of a doctor to determine if it is OK to draw labs from.
But then again, another nurse pointed out that the purpose of the port-a-cath is to make it easier for the patient: why would you stick the patient when access is right in front of you.
I really want to hear all your opinions! =)