Efforts in vein
Phlebotomy is made from two Greek words: 'phleb' means vein, and 'tomia' means cutting. It's much gentler than it sounds..
Successful venepuncture (taking blood) can be made easier by:
- letting the limb hang so gravity helps fill the veins
- tapping veins to release bradykinin, which dilates them so they are more pronounced
- being in a warm environment, as veins dilate when warm
- the patient being well hydrated so there is good volume to fill the veins
A good technique and manner makes everything easier for the patient and phlebotomist!