A patient that I had was a 81 yo male who fell down 15 stairs. He broke a couple ribs, his pelvis, humerous, and C6. When I went to draw his blood out of a picc line these big globs came into the tube. A bunch of it. I showed my nurse and she said "that's just fat..it would be interesting to see his cholesterol levels.". Can this really happen and is it safe? All I could think about was a fat embolism. Could the fat in his blood be from all the broken bones? I'm just very curious about this situation. Thanks to all that have any comments!!