Pediatric blood sample collection from a pre-existing peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheter

Heather Braniff, Ann DeCarlo, Amy Corey Haskamp, Marion E. Broome

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Aiming to minimize pain in a hospitalized child, the purpose of this observational study was to describe characteristics of blood samples collected from pre-existing peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters in pediatric patients. One hundred and fifty blood samples were reviewed for number of unusable samples requiring a specimen to be re-drawn. Success of the blood draw and prevalence of the loss of the PIV following blood collection was also measured. Findings included one clotted specimen, success rate of 91.3%, and 1.3% of PIVs becoming non-functional after collection. Obtaining blood specimens from a pre-existing PIV should be considered in a pediatric patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Pain
  • Pediatric
  • Peripheral intravenous catheter (PIV)
  • Phlebotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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