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« on: October 11, 2007, 01:57:10 PM »

I have heard recently that techs will be in charge of lab work in California!  I think this is lunacy! 

...so now the RN can't put down the box of Godiva and get up from her station to do a draw?!

I think is a bad move and I see so many problems in the future.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 06:49:18 PM »

Us homies do our own lab draws weekly or monthly, and that was after 12 days of training, so techs should be ok doing it.

Not giving up...thanks to Susan.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 06:51:18 PM »

I've personally never heard of an RN drawing blood.  Every time I've ever had blood drawn it's always been by a Lab Tech.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:30:11 PM »

At my old centre, techs did everything that nurses did as far as direct patient care was concerned, except for administering meds. Even if a patient just wanted some Tylenol, it had to be given by a nurse. Techs did push heparin, but a nurse had to draw it. Techs always drew labs, and techs accessed catheters. In fact, I was kind of surprised to find out that in a lot of units only nurses could access catheters. One time however, a tech started to access my catheter without a mask on, and she got ripped up one side and down the other for that. When I started home hemo, after two weeks of training, I was accessing my own catheter (when I still had it), drawing my own labs, and administering my own drugs (IV heparin and subq Epogen), and if I have anything to say about it, I always will.


-Diagnosed with ESRD (born with one kidney, hypertension killed it) Jan 21st, 2007
-Started dialysis four days later in hospital (Baxter 1550-I think, then Gambro Phoenix)
-Started in-centre dialysis Feb 6th 2007 (Fres. 2008H)
-Started home hemo June 5th 2007 (NxStage/Pureflow)
-PD catheter placed June 6th 2008 (Bye bye NxStage, at least for now)
-Started CAPD July 4th, 2008
-PD catheter removed Dec 2, 2008-PD just wouldn't work, so I'm back on NxStage
-Kidney function improved enough to go off dialysis, Feb. 2011!!!!!
-Back on dialysis (still NxStage) July 2011 :(
-In-centre self-care dialysis March 2012 (Fresenius 2008K)
-Not on transplant list yet.

"Don't live for dialysis, use dialysis to LIVE"
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007, 04:13:09 PM »

At my center, the techs do just about everything. EXCEPT a nurse always comes to listen to my chest with a stethoscope, and to inject the medications into my dialysis line. I get Epogen and Hectorol.  Other than that, the techs do everything. There is usually one to three RNs available.
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