Someone asked in a comment on the previous post:
"Why are you drawing blood and not a phlebotomist?"
Middle of the night, no phlebotomists. And, hey, sometimes middle of the day, no phlebotomists either. In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to draw blood, sure. And I think I expected coming into residency that I wouldn't be drawing blood. Or, I don't know, putting in central lines. Or doing lumbar punctures. Or doing anything to a patient that someone else is a lot better trained to do, and a lot more comfortable doing.
But there isn't always anybody else to do these things, and certainly not if you need them done quickly. And so we do them. I'd say 90% of the time one of my patients needs blood drawn, I'm not the one doing it... but that still leaves 10% of the time when I am. Like when the nurse is supposed to do it but "can't find the vein" and so it's my job, as if I'm going to be any better at it. Or when the phlebotomist won't have time for six hours, and it's a little more urgent than that.
And in the middle of the night... look, you're lucky if anyone shows up to a code, let alone someone wandering around looking to draw your patient's blood. I've been at codes where I'm the only one there, and if the patient was still alive, well, he wouldn't have been for long.