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Can a phlebotomist perform a venipuncture on an ankle vein?
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
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In brief: Ankle veins.
Blood can be drawn from an ankle vein as well as from a leg vein.
The first line of blood drawing is always the hand or forearm but occasionally this is not possible. in some circumstances blood can even be drawn from the groin or neck but this should only be done by a physician and this is usually done in the hospital. A phlebologist should be able to draw blood from the hand, forearm or ankle.

In brief: Ankle veins.
Blood can be drawn from an ankle vein as well as from a leg vein.
The first line of blood drawing is always the hand or forearm but occasionally this is not possible. in some circumstances blood can even be drawn from the groin or neck but this should only be done by a physician and this is usually done in the hospital. A phlebologist should be able to draw blood from the hand, forearm or ankle.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
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In brief: Pedal Venipuncture
Venipuncture can be performed on the veins foot but this is very rarely done.
The veins behind the ankle are not the best candidates because of their close proximity to the artery that supplies the foot. If done, it is usually a vein on the top of the foot that is easy to visualize and access.

In brief: Pedal Venipuncture
Venipuncture can be performed on the veins foot but this is very rarely done.
The veins behind the ankle are not the best candidates because of their close proximity to the artery that supplies the foot. If done, it is usually a vein on the top of the foot that is easy to visualize and access.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
In brief: Yes, but...
Typically tehre's no need to and its much easier to do it elsewhere.

In brief: Yes, but...
Typically tehre's no need to and its much easier to do it elsewhere.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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