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Doctor insights on: What Can Cleansing Venipuncture Site With Alcohol Do

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What can cleansing a venipuncture site with alcohol do?

What can cleansing a venipuncture site with alcohol do?

Remove bacteria: Alcohol kills most organisms at the site preventing them from infecting the puncture site and of course from entering the bloodstream.

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Can I cleanse a venipuncture site with alcohol?

Can I cleanse a venipuncture site with alcohol?

Yes: You can absolutely cleanse a veinipuncture site with alcohol. Betadine and hebiclens are commonly used.

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Venipuncture hand site healed leaving a raised dark scar. Continuously picked it and the hard part came off. Now it's light with dark edges. Abnormal?

Venipuncture hand site healed leaving a raised dark scar. Continuously picked it and the hard part came off. Now it's light with dark edges. Abnormal?

Do not pick: You may have a hypertophic scar or a keloid. It is not feasible to know without examining you. People of African ancestry are more to developing keloids. It is not an urgent issue and you could discuss it with your doctor at the next visit. In the meantime, do not pick at it, disturbing it will only make matters worse.

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What would cause severe pain during venipuncture?

What would cause severe pain during venipuncture?

Vein puncture: This procedure has minimal to no pain. If you have severe pain then one may ask were there numerous attempts, was the needle near a nerve?

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Ideas? What are possible areas where venipuncture can be performed?

Ideas? What are possible areas where venipuncture can be performed?

Many areas.: Venipunctures can be performed in many areas but the most common are in the veins in the hands or arms. Sometimes, in people whose veins are difficult to fine, veins in the groins (femora's) or even the neck (jugular) can be used.

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What is the difference between a venipuncture and a capillary puncture?

What is the difference between a venipuncture and a capillary puncture?

The size of the vein: As dr. Placik said, venipuncture is for collecting blood through a needle from blood vessels that are big enough to see and/or feel. Capillary puncture would be used for collecting blood from vessels that are too small to see individually. This is usually done with a very small cut and a micro pipette or a piece of filter paper.

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I was wondering what are some reasons a hospital would give you a venipuncture?

I was wondering what are some reasons a hospital would give you a venipuncture?

To test blood: Is this a school project? Venipuncture is a very common medical procedure to obtain blood for test. It can also be used for therapeutic reason, in cases such as iron overload.

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What is venipuncture?

What is venipuncture?

Drawing blood: Veni=vein, and puncture=sticking with a needle. This is done for drawing of blood for testing, inserting a needle/catheter for intravenous access to give fluids/medication, and for access into the venous circulation for performing procedures/specialized venous radiological imaging.

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Could you describe how venipuncture works?

Could you describe how venipuncture works?

Puncture vein: Venipunture is the process of puncturing a vein to gain access for drawing of blood (by aspirating with a syringe), inserting a catheter for IV purpose, or inserting a wire using seldinger technique to place a sheath. Direct puncture of the palpable vein is performed often using a tourniquet above the access site.

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What is the angle that venipuncture is performed?

What is the angle that venipuncture is performed?

Varies: There is no set rule on the angle of entry. For smaller veins close to the skin, the angle is more acute with the needle/catheter closer to the skin. Deeper veins may require 45 degree angle, and larger angles make for more difficult entry as the tip may easily penetrate the back wall of the vein.

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What's the best pain medication for venipuncture?

What's the best pain medication for venipuncture?

EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) Cream: There is a topical anesthetic called Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream that would work, but it is expensive and has to be applied at least 30 minutes ahead of time.

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What are reasons a venipuncture would be used for?

What are reasons a venipuncture would be used for?

Blood test: Its taking blood out of a vein to do tests.

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What are the problems that can come from venipuncture?

What are the problems that can come from venipuncture?

Few: In general venipuncture is safe, problem-free, and well-tolerated. Occasionally it may be associated with a poor sample quantity, more than expected discomfort, inability to access vein or obtain sample, hematoma, or the need to return for another sample attempt. Infection or other vascular issues are very rare.

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Why can't you do venipuncture in the side of mastectomy?

Why can't you do venipuncture in the side of mastectomy?

Swelling/infection: During a mastectomy (removal of a breast due to cancer), a lymph node is removed from the armpit on the mastectomy side to be sure the cancer hasn't spread. In the past, removing 20+ nodes was common! Because the lymph nodes in the armpit fight infection, it wasn't uncommon for women to develop infections/swelling in that arm. So procedures, including blood draws, are limited to reduce infection.

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Why can't you perform venipuncture on the same side as a mastectomy?

Why can't you perform venipuncture on the same side as a mastectomy?

Lymph edema: Due to interruption of lymphatic channels in the axilla it is important to avoid anything that might lead to infection. Lymph edema can be quite disabling and difficult to treat. Precaution is appropriate.