May 2003, Volume 33 Number 5 , p 14 - 14
© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(5) May 2003 p 14 Can I stop a drug infusion to draw blood? [CLINICAL QUERIES]
Hadaway, Lynn RN,C, CRNI, MEd
Lynn Hadaway is president of Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc., in Milner, Ga. Clinical Queries is coordinated by Joan E. King, RN, C, ACNP, ANP, PhD, program director for the acute care nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University.
Our cardiac patients who have central vascular access devices (CVADs) running multiple drug infusions require frequent blood sampling for lab testing. My colleagues and I disagree on whether an infusion of a drug (such as dobutamine or dopamine) can be stopped so we can draw blood from the CVAD. Some nurses say yes, as long as the line is flushed before and after the blood draw. Others say the medication shouldn't be stopped and the blood sample should be drawn from a ...