Drawing coag's from a CVAD with Heparin infusing.

  1. Can anyyone tell me what their policies are regarding drawing Coag's from a CVAD with Heparin infusing? I am finding conflicting info as to Yes you can if you turn off, flush with 20, waste 10 and then draw your lab. Other info says not to draw Coag's at all from a CVAD. I am trying to educate my nurses on best practice.....hope someone can help.
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  3. by   Mulan
    What if they have no veins? Usually that's why they have the CVAD in the first place. If that's the case, they have no veins, what choice do you have but to draw from the CVAD? What does your lab say?