Admission diagnosis or type of surgery in the "REMARKS" section, if
"URGENCY" box completed.
y. Forward Specimen to Laboratory. Prepare the specimen and request for
transport, then forward to the laboratory IAW local policy.
z. Report and Record. Report accomplishment of the procedure to the
supervisor and document the date, time, type of specimen collected, and disposition of
the specimen on appropriate records IAW local policy.
OBTAIN A BLOOD SPECIMEN WITH AN ASSEMBLED SYRINGE
An alternate method of drawing blood is to use an assembled needle and
a. Either a straight needle or a butterfly device may be used. The size of the
syringe will be determined by the amount of blood required. The syringe volume should
not exceed 20 cubic centimeters; the vacuum created during collection of a blood
sample with a larger syringe may cause the vein to collapse. Smaller volume syringes
should be used with pediatric patients or others with fragile veins.
b. After placing the constricting band and penetrating the vein with the needle as
described above, slowly pull back on the plunger to withdraw the required amount of
blood. Excessive vacuum will be created if the plunger is pulled back too forcefully, and
the vein may collapse.
c. If the blood volume required is greater than the volume of the syringe, the
filled syringe may be removed from the needle and a new one attached. The process
described above will be continued until the required volume is obtained. Extreme care
must be taken to assure the needle is stabilized during blood drawing and syringe
d. If you have used a needle and syringe to obtain the blood, you will need to
transfer the specimen into the tubes. Insert the needle into the rubber stopper of the
tube and the vacuum within the tube will draw the specimen in and fill the tube.
Transfer must be done promptly to prevent clotting of the blood in the syringe. Label
tubes as in the instructions above.