Blood samples drawn from IV catheters have less hemolysis when 5-mL (vs 10-mL) collection tubes are used.

@article{Cox2004BloodSD,
  title={Blood samples drawn from IV catheters have less hemolysis when 5-mL (vs 10-mL) collection tubes are used.},
  author={Sandra R Cox and Jeanne H Dages and Dave Jarjoura and Susan E Hazelett},
  journal={Journal of emergency nursing: JEN : official publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association},
  year={2004},
  volume={30 6},
  pages={529-33}
}
INTRODUCTION It is common practice for emergency nurses to draw blood for laboratory analyses into vacuum tubes from newly inserted intravenous (IV) catheters, even though this technique has been associated with an increase in sample hemolysis. No clinical nursing studies have documented the effect of collection tube size on hemolysis of samples obtained via IV catheters. OBJECTIVE To determine whether there is a difference in the hemolysis rate of blood samples drawn from IV catheters… CONTINUE READING

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