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Explore the art of health deduction with medically illustrated cases by Dr Ciléin Kearns

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