A doctor needs to be present to draw blood? - page 5
by psu_213, BSN, RN | 8,971 Views | 47 Comments
I go to my doctor's office for routine blood draws--it's drawn by the LPN. One day recently I went there to have blood drawn. After a few minutes wait, the LPN said to me "sorry for the wait--I'm just waiting for Dr. Jones to... Read More
- 1Mar 20, '13 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorI think we need to remember that every place of employment has different rules it varies from facility to facility department to department.
This LPN that needed to wait for the MD I am sure is following a new policy that came about from an incident that occurred...like I said earlier...and to have the MD in the building was the corrective action promised to The Joint Commission/Board of Health etc.
We also need to remember that allnurses is an international site as has members from all over the world. Let's try to remember that when we respond or not agree with what someone says.....for their personal experience may be different from yours.
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- 0Mar 21, '13 by WunMsJayLPNtoRNMaybe they have to run the blood as soon as they draw it & they cant do anything to treat you until an MD is there...so to avoid any delays in treatment or sending you out, they just wait for the doc? It could be a hundred different reasons! If you were that concerned, why didnt you just ask them about the policy? It probably differs from place to place.
- 1Mar 21, '13 by MunoRNThis is a state law in my state. Phlebotomists work under their own certification and can draw blood without an MD or other licensed person on the premises. MA's can also draw blood, but unlike phlebotomists they are legally required to have an MD/NP "on the premises of the facility" when drawing blood.
- 0Mar 21, '13 by psu_213, BSN, RNQuote from WunMsJayLPNtoRNI wouldn't say that I was concerned. It was a bit amusing (that such a policy was in place) and a bit annoying (since I was waiting since the weather was bad and the doc was late getting there).If you were that concerned, why didnt you just ask them about the policy?
FWIW, they sent the blood out, so they don't get the results for hours anyway.
- 0Mar 23, '13 by bugya90We can draw blood but our medical director or attending for the day has to be "on call" at all times and we cannot give any medications or injections until a doctor is physically in the building per policy. We also have PAs and NPs in our clinic and they cannot begin seeing patients until at least one of our doctors is physically in the building. The doctor does not have to be the assigned attending for the day, they just have to be there as the go to person in case something happens. Luckily we work with 20 doctors between our 3 departments (2 family med and 1 pedi dept) there is almost always one if them in the building by the time the nursing staff starts work ( we are a 8-5 place)