An email from Nebraska to our research librarians. I love this! The blog takes precedence over medical journals.
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 3:33 AM
Subject: iv blood draw study
In our E/R, we routinely draw blood for lab work off of IV starts. We do this to speed results and to spare the patient an unnecessary stick.
Our administration recently asked us to write a policy to define our procedure and best practices. In an extensive literature search, I came across a piece about this very topic in Paul Levy's "Running a Hospital" Blog. ("Fixing bad blood tests", dated 11/5/2008)
We will probably do an internal study similar to that described in the blog. Any information about the procedures or data from your study would be helpful to me. If you formulated a formal policy as a result of the study, I would very much like to get a copy.
Can you help me, or refer me to the people at your hospital who conducted the study?
Any assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
[named omitted] BA RN EMT-P CEN
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center