Science

Power Hour Breakout

F1 — Phlebotomy, vascular Access Devices and Your Unique Role

Sunday, September 16
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: C161-162
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.


 

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Lynn C. Hadaway, M.Ed., RN-BC, CRNI®

President
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

Lynn Hadaway has been actively practicing infusion therapy/vascular access for more than 40 years. She has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, plus been on several committees to revise standards of practice and guidelines documents. Her practice is currently consultation and education in this specialty, plus acting as an expert witness in lawsuits.

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