Blood Sampling

Under certain circumstances, your health care provider may want to obtain a sample of your blood. Your PICC or port can be used for this purpose. Prior to obtaining a sample, the PICC or port should be flushed. The health care provider will then confirm that he or she can draw blood through your PICC or port by taking a small sample and discarding it. With a PICC, the healthcare provider will attach a clean syringe to your catheter and draw up the sample. With a port, the healthcare provider will first gain access to your port using a needle, and then draw up the sample with a clean syringe. Before the health care provider is done, he or she will flush the catheter as described under Device Flushing Protocol.