a few of the nurses in our hospital have been having a disagreement on lines and i was hoping to get everyone's point of view.
some of the nurses feel that it is okay to draw labs from a central line that has tpn, hyperal, or heparin infusing as long as 10cc's are wasted. the other nurses feel that the lab values will be incorrect.
what is everyone's policy and/or thoughts on this? any comments would be greatly appreciated!!!
Oct 21, '01
We do it all the time with HAL and have for years. We don't even waste 10cc's, we waste 3-5cc's. Never had a problem with abnormal labs! We flush with 3-5 of NS first, then draw up the waste, then the specimen. We even heparinize the waste and give it back most of the time. Works wonderfully and saves our kids from unnecessary sticks!
We don't do heparin drips, so I'm clueless there.
Last edit by nurs4kids on Oct 21, '01