We are pleased to announce that the new online continuing education course is now ready. This course took a year to create and is a strong source for your evidence-based practice. We have analyzed more than 100 studies to bring you the results.
Questions that are answered in the course include:
- Which has the greatest risk of blood sample hemolysis – drawing at the time of peripheral catheter insertion or from an indwelling peripheral catheter?
- What is the maximum length of time that a tourniquet should be allowed to remain on the arm when drawing a blood sample?
- What lab value will be skewed due to fist clenching during the procedure?
- What is the evidence about avoiding the use of a CVAD for routine blood sampling?
- When do most errors with blood sampling occur?
- What is the evidence for using the push-pull or mixing method for obtaining a blood sample from a CVAD?
These and many other questions are addressed in this course.
After completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify problems associated with pre-analytical errors in blood sampling practices.
- Specify the risks associated with obtaining blood samples and plan ways to reduce these risks.
- Analyze the techniques for phlebotomy via a direct venipuncture.
- Analyze the techniques for obtaining blood samples from a vascular access device.
The course awards 5 contact hours after successful completion. In honor of I.V. Nurses Day on January 25, we will offer a discount for this course. The regular registration fee is $149. For a limited time, the fee is $119. Register today and learn the most recent evidence-based practices for blood sampling.