CLINICAL QUERIES: Should you stop an infusion to draw blood specimens?
Lynn Hadaway RN,C, CRNI, MEd

May 2003 
Volume 33  Number 5
Pages 14 - 14
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© 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 ...

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