Venepuncture (phlebotomy)

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Venepuncture is the process of obtaining intravenous access – for the purpose of blood sampling. A hollow needle is inserted through the skin and into a superficial vein (typically in the cubital fossa of the forearm). Blood is then collected into evacuated tubes. You can order this service to get your blood processed with another laboratory or for participation in the clinical research.

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Phlebotomy – the drawing of blood – has been practised for centuries and is still one of the most  common invasive procedures in health care. Each step in the process of phlebotomy affects the quality of the specimen and is thus important for preventing laboratory error, patient injury and even death. Phlebotomy involves the use of large, hollow needles that have been in a blood vessel.


To reduce the risk of adverse effects for patients, our healthcare practitioners undertaking phlebotomy are trained in procedures specific to the types of specimen they collect. When taking blood, our health workers wear well-fitting, non-sterile gloves, and also carry out hand hygiene before and after each patient procedure, before putting on gloves and after removing them. The blood should be taken in a dedicated location that ensures patient comfort and privacy.


We use vacuum extraction tube systems as closed systems for blood collecting reduces the risk of direct exposure to blood and has made it easier to take multiple samples from a single venepuncture.

Preparation

No special preparation required. But please check with your laboratory or clinical trial manager for sample requirements.

Disclaimer

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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