Order of the draw - Phlebotomy
Why is draw order so important?
There is a specific order to how a nurse, phlebotomist, or medical professional must draw blood for evaluation. Not following the draw order can cause serious complications for patients and medical staff.
Why the order of the draw is important:
- It potentially lessens discomfort and complications for your patient
- It will cut down on procedure time
- It helps prevent errors in diagnosis caused by cross contamination of additives between blood collection tubes.
Every medical professional must hold themselves to the highest standard, performing his/her duties accurately and honestly. Proper antiseptic techniques MUST be adhered to; If at any time there is an error while drawing blood, the entire procedure will need to be performed again. It is imperative to collect blood (and all bodily fluids) according to current guidelines.
Order of the Draw
The PDF files referenced below are the order of the draw directly from BD Vacutainers, (one of the leading vacutainer manufacturers in the US) and from Quest diagnostics, a well-known laboratory who specializes in Phlebotomy.
You will notice that while they are produced by different authorities on the subject, the draw order remains almost completely the same.
The draw order is always the same unless specified by the laboratory or Physician.
A great video on proper technique and safety
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In this article we went over the correct Order of the Draw and were able to go into some detail about proper procedure. The importance of drawing blood correctly relates directly to patient health and well-being. Take the time to educate yourself on all standards and practices. Medical information is updated every day due to new discoveries and inventions.
Do your research and be diligent about safety!
- ROUTINE VENIPUNCTURE PROCEDURE
- Best practices in phlebotomy - WHO Guidelines on Drawing Blood - NCBI Bookshelf
This chapter covers all the steps recommended for safe phlebotomy and reiterates the accepted principles for blood drawing and blood collection (31). The chapter includes background information (Section 2.1), practical guidance (Section 2.2) and illu
- Phlebotomy tutorial for medical education - WebPath
Page contains images and text for clinical laboratory education
- CDC Blood Culture Best Practices
- Venipuncture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Helpful information about drawing blood.
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