has anyone found any decent butterflies for blood collection? these are the ones we currently use:
I do not like them, nor do any of my co-workers who have an opinion. we have now pitched enough of a fit about not being consulted on which devices were ordered, and they are finally allowing us to make the decision. Problem being, there do not seem to be many butterflies out there, and the ones that i have seen do not really seem to meet the one-handed disposal idea.
any and all suggestions appreciated.
Oct 13, '02
Google search results---happy hunting for what YOU want.
As head of safety committee, I emailed/wrote companies for samples that I thought staff would like--showed tstaff pics and asked what they had seen other places working and liked. Three RN managers and 4 staff practiced on oranges and selected products WE wanted. Try that approach.
This link from International Saftey Workers group lists products by type and includes testing forms we adapted for our use
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 13, '02
Oct 13, '02
I use the same butterflies that you guys are using ...BD 23 gauge butterfly. I find it hard to hang onto while wearing gloves...as for safety purposes...I don't think any needle is really safe.
I was taught a one handed technique to close this butterfly. It has a sheath that must be pushed up from the end and over the needle. You have to hang onto the line loosely with the same hand that is doing the pushing. Tricky. Yours probably has this too. It seems to work...but I did stick myself while taking the top off of a fresh one! Grrr. Those tops are hard to remove ...you really have to pull from the tip. How often do you use butterflies? I draw from elderly patients and it works well...but we are told we "overuse" them. whatever that means...
Last edit by shabookitty on Oct 13, '02