The Bloody Truth: Specimen Collection from VADs

Recorded On: 11/02/2019

Vascular access devices (VADs) can be used for infusion therapy or drawing blood specimens for laboratory analysis. This session will discuss the INS Standards of Practice for drawing blood from different types of VADs, including methods and procedures. Common questions regarding drawing blood cultures, changing needleless connectors, and obtaining blood from a heparinized CVAD for coagulation tests will be addressed.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the methods and procedure for drawing blood samples from the different types of VADs.

Karen Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

Clinical Director of Vascular Access, TridentCare

Karen T. Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is the clinical director of vascular access for TridentCare. Before working in the infusion and vascular access specialty, her professional experience was in  neonatal intensive care and adult critical care. Ms. Johnson has held leadership positions in INS chapters, worked on INS' National Council on Education for 2 terms, and was a reviewer for INS' Clinical Competency Validation Program for Infusion Therapy.

CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Contact Hours: 1            
To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                               
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 2, 2022

INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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