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Byrne was looking for a way to reduce blood loss for patients at St. Luke’s MSTI. “Frequent blood samples are necessary,” she explains, “to monitor the impact of their treatment.” The accepted method for patients with central venous access devices (CVADs) is to discard some of the blood before drawing a sample to go to the lab. The “discard” method assures a sample free of contaminants like saline or heparin but results in blood loss, which may contribute to anemia and increase the need for blood transfusion. Byrne learned about an alternative “push-pull” (mixing) method that has been adopted at other healthcare centers.The St. Luke’s Iatrogenic Blood Loss task force, on which she serves, was very interested. However, at the time she could find just four published studies, with small samples, that had tested the push-pull method.
“We are very hopeful that her findings will be broadly applicable to patients across the country,” DAISY Foundation co-founder and President Bonnie Barnes said. “The nurse scientists who review applications for our grants believe Ms. Byrne’s well-designed study is an important issue that to date has had limited research investigating it.”When chemotherapy infusion nurse Stephanie Thompson learned about the study, she volunteered to help. She previously had worked in the Newborn Intensive Care unit, which already uses a method that returns blood to the patients/neonates.
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