I work in a medical-surgical ICU so lots of CVCs. I was taught that, when pulling labs, you have to stop all drips or fluids running. Doesn't matter if it's pressors or sedation running, you always stop them. The rationale was not doing so would/could cause a dilute sample. Doing this has always caused me a bit of stress, especially with some of the more unstable patients that drop their BPs quickly. I usually set everything up in advance and work as quickly as possible all the while hoping that the line isn't positional or something.
I was just reading on another thread (from 2013 which is why I created a new thread) that you should never stop pressors, just pull from another lumen. So now I'm seeking some clarification. Stopping drips/fluids during lab draws is common practice on my unit, everyone does it and every new grad is taught to do it. Is this wrong? Or is it a matter of hospital policy?
I'm also going to add that I am a relatively new nurse (just 3 months shy of 2 years) and am still learning new things.