Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

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Efforts in vein

Efforts in vein

Efforts in vein caretoon by Dr Ciléin Kearns

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:

  1. letting the limb hang so gravity helps fill the veins
  2. tapping veins to release bradykinin, which dilates them so they are more pronounced
  3. being in a warm environment, as veins dilate when warm
  4. 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!

Next weeks prescription

Next weeks prescription

The ‘black’ eye

The ‘black’ eye