Going to take a while to draw all those labs



And the patient will probably need a transfusion at the end of it.

(Reportedly the printer engaged itself in a loop and printed out blood culture label sets 25 times, so don’t panic).


  1. Goatwhacker says:

    Make sure those cultures are all from separate sites!

  2. nurse 1961 says:

    This happens when the doctor orders Blood cultures but doesn’t tell the computer x 2. Happened to me last week when the admitting doctor ordered them every 15 minutes. Printed out 4 hours worth of labels.

  3. Lesse… you can probably find, at best, four peripheral sites on each limb, leaving nine more samples to be taken from somewhere. I guess you could do two fem sticks, two IJs, bilateral EJs, maybe a breast vein on each side in a large-breasted woman… and maybe the dorsal vein of the penis in a man.

    That should certainly give you sufficient samples to diagnose even the most occult endocarditis.

  4. ChuckInMI says:

    Wow. And one time they took 7 vials from me, I thought that was a lot.

  5. Spanglocity says:

    I wonder how many times the patient will be billed?