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Who Collects Blood Gas Specimens at Your Facilities?

Most institutes have respiratory therapists (RTs) collect arterial blood gases, but venous samples are collected by RTs, phlebotomists, nurses, or lab assistants depending on the place. The testing itself is usually run either by RTs or the core lab. Outliers include one institute that has specialized phlebotomists collect all blood gases to be run in a stat lab, and another that follows different protocols for samples from ED/inpatients versus OR patients.


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