Pediatric blood sample collection from a pre-existing peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheter

Journal Article

Aiming to minimize pain in a hospitalized child, the purpose of this observational study was to describe characteristics of blood samples collected from pre-existing peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters in pediatric patients. One hundred and fifty blood samples were reviewed for number of unusable samples requiring a specimen to be re-drawn. Success of the blood draw and prevalence of the loss of the PIV following blood collection was also measured. Findings included one clotted specimen, success rate of 91.3%, and 1.3% of PIVs becoming non-functional after collection. Obtaining blood specimens from a pre-existing PIV should be considered in a pediatric patient.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Braniff, H; DeCarlo, A; Haskamp, AC; Broome, ME

Published Date

  • 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 /

Start / End Page

  • 451 - 456

PubMed ID

  • 24810763

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-5963

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.04.004