specimen tube contains an anticoagulant or other fixing agent (as evidenced by white
powder particles or liquid in tube), gently invert tube several times to mix it with the
blood. Label all tubes promptly with patient identification and other information as
required by local SOP.
t. Apply Bandage. Apply a self-adhesive bandage to the venipuncture site
after the bleeding has stopped. Self-adhesive bandages do not take the place of
u. Provide for Patient's Safety and Comfort. Provide for patient's safety and
comfort as follows:
Remove protective pad.
Assist patient to roll down sleeve, if applicable.
Assist patient to assume a position of comfort, if applicable.
Place personal items and call-light within easy reach, if applicable.
Raise side rails, if applicable.
v. Dispose of and/or Store Equipment. Take care of equipment
Collect all equipment and dispose or store in accordance with (IAW)
(2) Do not recap needle at any time; dispose of it in an approved, puncture-
proof container as close to the work area as possible.
w. Perform Handwash. Perform a patient care handwash.
x. Check Completeness of Laboratory Request. Obtain completed laboratory
request from the supervisor and check the request. (There may be many lab request
slips that are used for requesting specific blood tests.) All slips must be checked for
minimum information as given below.
Complete patient identification.
Requesting provider's signature.
Ward number, clinic, or dispensary designation.
Date and time of specimen collection.