I.V. Nurses Day is Sunday, January 25 and we would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to our colleagues working diligently to provide safe infusion therapy all over the world!
In honor of this special day, we have been working hard on a new online course
Blood Sampling: Venipuncture or Vascular Access Device?
Obtaining blood samples for lab testing can present clinical challenges. Numerous factors cause pre-analytic errors - those errors occurring before the sample reaches the laboratory. Additionally, there could be a choice of a new venipuncture, obtaining the sample when the peripheral catheter is inserted, or drawing the sample from an existing vascular access device. This decision requires knowledge of the evidence and your patient assessment.
The goal is always methods and techniques that produce accurate lab values in a timely manner. Numerous techniques, such as the length of tourniquet time, have a direct impact on the results of lab values. Or a hemolyzed sample cannot be used for the needed lab values. Clinical decisions based on spurious lab values cause adverse clinical events, drive up the costs of care, and waste valuable time and resources.
We have scoured the literature to find all available studies addressing these and many other issues with blood sampling. This evidence and associated recommendations for specific techniques are explored in this course. All healthcare professionals with the responsibility for drawing blood samples must know the best ways to obtain the blood sample. Published evidence does not provide answers to every question, but we were able to find a surprising amount of information for this course.
Course Learning Objectives
1. Identify pre-analytical problems associated with all blood sampling practices.
2. Specify the risks associated with obtaining blood samples and plan ways to reduce these risks.
3. Analyze the techniques for phlebotomy via a direct venipuncture.
4. Analyze the techniques for obtaining blood samples from a vascular access device.
We still have a little more work to do, but wanted to let everyone know that it is coming soon. To receive early notification when this course is released, and to learn about registration, go to http://www.hadawayassociates.com and sign up to receive our newsletter. Our plan is to have it ready by February 1. And we will offer a discount in honor of I.V. Nurses Day.
Author: Lynn Hadaway
Lynn Hadaway has more than 35 years experience in infusion nursing and adult education. Her experience comes from multiple acute care settings, healthcare manufacturing, continuing professional education.