Blood Withdrawal from Intravenous Catheters by ED Nurses: Comparison of Two Practices

Nazaretian, H.H. et al. Journal of Emergency Nursing | Published online: 25 April 2017

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Problem: Laboratory tests are essential to diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department, but they can result in prolonged waiting times for patients, multiple needle pricks, and complaints about pain and discomfort. The goal of this project is to assess if a change in the blood collection process will lead to any improvement and benefit in care delivered with regard to time, patient comfort, and cost.

Implications for Practice: Allowing registered nurses to withdraw blood with the start of a peripheral intravenous line will significantly reduce length of stay and costs and enhance patient experience in the emergency department at American University of Beirut Medical Center.

Read the full abstract here

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