A nurse or phlebotomist who draws multiple tubes of blood from the same patient must do so in a specific order to prevent contamination of tubes with additives from other tubes. How do they keep track of which tube is next in the order of the draw? Crazy mnemonics and flash cards don’t cut it, and result in stupid mistakes. For example, if the additive in the purple stopper tube contaminates the green stopper tube, an inaccurate reading from the green stopper tube can result.
This project makes remembering and keeping track easier and more efficient. And less likely to result in mistakes that could jeopardize patient treatments and lives. It’s a collaboration between Wendy Simms-Small, a nurse at University of New Mexico Hospital, and students Phuong Nguyen and Darnell Cuylear.