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What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

Above 3 months ofage: Pediatric blood drawing is not a complex science. Venipuncture, finger stick and heel stick are the three most common techniques utilized to draw blood from infants. The best method for pediatric blood drawing ultimately depends on the child's age. Heel stick technique is used on infants less than 3 months of age. For infants greater than 3 months of age the preferred technique is finger stick. ...Read more

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I cant take the pain of getting my finger stick, is there another way they can get blood?

I cant take the pain of getting my finger stick, is there another way they can get blood?

Yes: I emphasize with you. I hate to prick myself too because of pain. Blood can be taken from vein in the arm unless they only want to test your hemoglobin or blood sugar . ...Read more

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Fasting blood sugar test =100 ( in the lab not finger stick) and the hp1ac = 5.3 , and by the fingerstick =92 , is this normal or should I be worried?

Fasting blood sugar test =100 ( in the lab not finger stick) and the hp1ac = 5.3 , and by the fingerstick =92 , is this normal or should I be worried?

OK: A1c is good and normal. Fasting sugar is mildly high at 100. Taking everything together, i think you are doing fine. It's never too late or a bad thing to be mindful of what you eat and how much exercise you are getting...If i had the labs above, i wouldn't worry too much. ...Read more

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My husband age 42 has high blood pressure 180/115. His fingers, toes and heel are burning and tingling with pain? Is this related to high blood pressure or something else? What can it be? He does have a lot of stress and also has anxiety often.

My husband age 42 has high blood pressure 180/115. His fingers, toes and heel are burning and tingling with pain? Is this related to high blood pressure or something else? What can it be? He does have a lot of stress and also has anxiety often.

Get help soon: He needs to see a medical doctor soon for the very high blood pressure and get it under control. Burning and tingling in the hands and feet might be related. He would need to be evaluated. Diabetes, thyroid disorder, alcohol are some other reasons to see a medical doctor asap. ...Read more

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Are finger sticks or blood draws more accurate glucose readings?

Are finger sticks or blood draws more accurate glucose readings?

Same: With thecnology blood drawing is no better because blood takes time to getmto the lab, and red blood cells continue to consume blood sgar. Fbs has to be ordered aftder a 12 hr fasting with an hba1c. ...Read more

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How is a blood type test done? Do they take a lot of blood with a needle or do they just stick your finger?

How is a blood type test done? Do they take a lot of blood with a needle or do they just stick your finger?

Blood type: Your blood type can be determined by a simple lab test drawn through a small 21g needle into a test tube. It cannot be done by a fingerstick. Sometimes they will check your hematocrit by taking a fingerstick sample and filling a small capillary tube, but that just tells you how much blood is in your body and not what type it is. ...Read more

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What info could you get from a finger stick/poke besides glucose level?

Finger stick: Anticoagulation levels, and electrolytes can be obtained by fingerstick tests. They're not as accurate as serum formal lab tests however. ...Read more

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The last time the phlebotomist did a finger stick it was very painful is there a a way to avoid the pain?

The last time the phlebotomist did a finger stick it was very painful is there a a way to avoid the pain?

Not really!: The skin of the fingers have a lot of nerve endings and as a result are very sensitive. If the finger sticks are done rarely, then you may ask your doctor for a topical anesthetic to numb the finger. However, this is not practical for frequent finger stickers like diabetics, as the anesthetic drug has side effects. Warming fingers up prior to the stick helps the blood flow and this may help. ...Read more