To draw enough blood, you need to locate a vein that is suitable for the procedure. You can follow these steps to draw enough blood:
- Select the appropriate site: Look for a visible vein that is located close to the surface of the skin, such as the veins in the antecubital fossa (the bend of the elbow). Make sure the site is clean and free of any obstructions.
- Prepare the site: Clean the site with an antiseptic solution, such as alcohol or iodine, and allow it to air dry.
- Apply a tourniquet: Place a tourniquet, such as an elastic band or blood pressure cuff, above the selected site to restrict blood flow and make the vein more prominent.
- Insert the needle: Using a sterile needle, insert it into the vein at a 15-30 degree angle, bevel up. Once the needle is in the vein, draw back on the plunger to check for blood return.
- Collect the blood: If blood return is successful, begin to collect the blood in the appropriate container. The amount of blood that needs to be drawn depends on the specific procedure and testing requirements.
- Remove the needle and tourniquet: After collecting the required amount of blood, carefully remove the needle and tourniquet, and apply pressure to the site with a gauze pad to stop any bleeding.
- Dispose of the needle and materials: Dispose of the needle and other materials in a sharps container according to your institution’s guidelines