By Anonymous - 20/6/2021 08:01

Classic mistake

Today, as a nursing student, I needed to take a blood sample from someone and the veins on his arms weren't really easy to draw blood from. I asked him, "Can I please look at your legs?" It turns out he was amputated. FML
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By  tido26  |  15

As a phlebotomist (all I do is take blood samples), please NEVER do this. Legs have terrible veins and you never draw them, if anything you draw from the top of the foot, but we avoid is as much as possible, you typically need a written note from a doctor to allow it.
When you draw from the foot, it hurts a lot more, has worse blood flow, and a much higher risk of infection.
If you can't find a vein in the middle part by the elbow, then you look at the hand. If you can't find one on the hand, please get someone else to take a look.

By  Sady_Ct  |  37

As a fellow nursing student, where was your supervisor? And why didn’t you read the care plan enough to know about his amputations?

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By  tido26  |  15

As a phlebotomist (all I do is take blood samples), please NEVER do this. Legs have terrible veins and you never draw them, if anything you draw from the top of the foot, but we avoid is as much as possible, you typically need a written note from a doctor to allow it.
When you draw from the foot, it hurts a lot more, has worse blood flow, and a much higher risk of infection.
If you can't find a vein in the middle part by the elbow, then you look at the hand. If you can't find one on the hand, please get someone else to take a look.

By  Sady_Ct  |  37

As a fellow nursing student, where was your supervisor? And why didn’t you read the care plan enough to know about his amputations?