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Case Study One: Discussion

Case study:
You work in a large hospital that specializes in pediatrics. The policy of the facility is to encourage the parent or guardian to remain in the room during venipuncture to comfort the child. You have taken steps to prepare the child for the venipuncture, but the child starts to cry and becomes combative. The mother says that she does not want the test done.
Suggested plan of action:
Do not proceed if the mother has refused the blood collection for her child. The patient's physician or clinical person in charge of the patient should be contacted and informed of the situation. This may not be something that you would do directly. It may be your facility's policy for you to contact your supervisor.