Effect of phlebotomy technique on serum bicarbonate values.

  title={Effect of phlebotomy technique on serum bicarbonate values.},
  author={Scott D Berns and J L Matchett},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  volume={5 1},
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the following phlebotomy technique factors result in spuriously low serum bicarbonate values: 1) small needle size, 2) prolonged tourniquet time, and 3) underfilling of Vacutainer tubes. METHODS Thirty-eight healthy young adult student volunteers from Brown University (mean age = 22 years) were randomly assigned to 1 of 2… CONTINUE READING