Power Hour Breakout
F1 — Phlebotomy, vascular Access Devices and Your Unique Role
Sunday, September 16
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Presentation CE Credits: 1
Obtaining venous blood for laboratory testing is ubiquitous throughout the hospital and, on the surface, appears to be a simple procedure. Close examination of phlebotomy practices reveals unnecessary risks to patients and clinicians. Pathophysiological changes occur from disease and injury states along with venipuncture and vascular access devices (VAD). Sample hemolysis, hospital-acquired anemia, bloodstream infection, nerve injury, needlestick injury, and the need for vessel preservation are the most prevalent risks associated with phlebotomy. Technology is providing new options to reduce these risks and improve the patient experience. Additionally, new technology is now allowing expansion of phlebotomy practice to unlicensed assistive personnel, which is raising questions about their scope of practice. The vascular access specialist is uniquely positioned to assess their clinical setting and implement changes to reduce these risks.
- Identify anatomical and pathophysiological factors associated with venipuncture and vascular access devices.
- Evaluate clinical practices that increase risks associated with phlebotomy.
- Analyze the factors associated with unlicensed assistive personnel involved with new technologies for phlebotomy.
- Explain techniques and technologies that reduce phlebotomy risks.