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syphilis bloodwork on newborns

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by MCURN MCURN (New) New

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We are having a debate at work about the best way to draw vdrl bloodwork from an infant to a syphilis positive mom. Some doctors are saying it needs to be a central draw so the NICU nurses need to come and draw it from a vein. Others are saying it can be capillary so we can draw it from a foot. We are finding conflicting information on which is best. So I was wondering what other facilities are doing and what the reason was.   

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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How it's drawn is dictated by how much blood is needed and the type of tube. If it's a large quantity (>500 mcg) in a green top, it's going to be much harder to get what's needed without it clotting, and a venous draw is preferable. 

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