does anyones policy allow vaccutainer use for blood sampling on portacaths? Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 14, '03
We do not have a policy re using vaccutainers--however, I agree with the previous replies. ( ie remember to throw away 5cc, can't be used for coags, and flush well with saline with the addition of 2cc Heplock heparin (100u/cc) immediately after blood withdraw.
There was a short clinical features in an issues of Oncology Nursing Forum that not only dealt with the use of vaccutainers, it also addressed the fact that the blood is easier to draw if the bevel faces the catheter (ie the needle looks like it is put in upside down). We have used this for 4-5 years, and it works great!
Last edit by Molly Lynne on Oct 14, '03