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January 1988

Validity of Arterial Hematocrits in Newborns

Author Affiliations

From the Regional Center for Mothers and Babies, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis.

Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(1):66-67. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150010076026

• Various methods are used to obtain specimens for hematocrit determination in neonates. We evaluated arterial sampling and found this method to be acceptable. Arterial values correlated closely with simultaneously obtained venous samples. Venous blood obtained with a tourniquet had a significantly higher hematocrit than that obtained without a tourniquet.

(AJDC 1988;142:66-67)

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