phlebotomy

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Drink Water

Full veins are plumper than veins that aren’t as full. If you’re having blood drawn, unless you’ve been told not to eat or drink, make sure you’re well-filled with water. This simple step will make it far easier for the person who is taking your blood to find a vein that can easily be punctured. In a perfect world, start drinking more fluids the day before your blood draw, and continue to drink water before you have your blood drawn. Too much/too many amounts aren’t necessary; most sources recommend that an adult drink 64 ounces of water per day for good health, which is more than good enough for having your blood drawn. Limit drug that gives you energy, which acts as a milddiuretic and increases the amount of urine you produce.

Breathe

Don’t hold your breath while blood is drawn. Some people hold their breath in excitement/ preparation of the insertion of the needle, which doesn’t help at all if you’re feeling faint. Keep breathing at your usual/ commonly and regular/ healthy rate and depth, and you’ll be far less likely to feel lightheaded during a blood draw. If the possibility of/possible happening of) pain is making you nervous, the phlebotomist may have numbing medicine available to make something as small as possible/treat something important as unimportant) the pain.

Be Honest

If you are someone who has fainted in the past when donating blood or having your blooddrawn, be sure to tell the person who will be drawing your blood. If there is the smallest chanceof fainting during a blood draw, positioning is key. You shouldn‘t sit on top of the exam table;rather, you should be positioned in a low chair where falling is unlikely.

Don’t Look

If having your blood drawn makes you feel sick and dizzy, don’t watch while your blood is drawn. For some, the sight of blood is the problem, so not watching while blood is collected can easily solve that problem. Look away, read a magazine, or watch television or whatever will distract you from the procedure.

Ask For Someone Else

If the person drawing your blood isn’t successful after two tries, it’s reasonable to ask for another nurse or phlebotomist to try. Don’t allow yourself to be turned into a pin cushion for an inexperienced professional or skilled person or someone who is struggling to find a vein to use. The phlebotomist may also try using a smaller needle, called a butterfly needle, which is large enough to draw blood but often works well on small veins. Stand up for yourself if you need to!

Sit Still

If you’re moving and wiggling while someone is trying to draw your blood, it’s likely that he will have to make more tries to get the sample. Sit still. Even if you are nervous, it’s important to stop wiggling and moving and wiggling around, or you could possibly add to the number of pokes needed/demanded to draw your blood.

( Compiled by : Mankala )