Phlebotomy, Catheter Access & Specimen Collection

OCTRI's Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) includes an inpatient unit staffed with research nurses who are highly experienced in collecting blood samples while ensuring that participants are relaxed and comfortable. Nurses use individual sticks or IV lines for repeated sampling and are careful to respond to participant needs while ensuring the highest data quality. Research nurses on the inpatient unit are also able to access the following catheters for both medication administration and specimen collection in both adult and pediatric participants (please ask for more information about age limitations of participants):

  • Groshong
  • Port-a-Cath
  • PICC
  • Hickman

For studies that require outpatient blood draws the CTRC also has an outpatient research clinic staff with research assistants trained in phlebotomy.