So You're About to Have Blood Work Drawn...
What is Blood Work?
Blood Work is taking a sample of your blood and testing it.
Why is Blood Work important?
The doctor needs to find out what is going on inside your body. One way to do this is by checking your blood.
What is Having Blood Work like?
● The phlebotomist is going to come in to your room with a cart.
● He/she will start by putting a rubber band around your arm, called a tourniquet, it will feel tight like a big squeeze. We like to call it a hug.
● Then, he/she will clean your arm with an alcohol swab, this will feel cold and wet and may smell strong. This will feel cold and wet.
● Then he/she will gently slide a small needle under your skin and into your vein. This will be a small ouch but it is very quick.
● You may hear someone call this a butterfly needle but it is not a real butterfly it just looks like one.
● After the lab tech gets enough of a sample, he/she will gently pull out the small needle and put pressure on your arm.
● It is ok for you to have a little bit of blood removed. Your body makes new blood all the time.
● After the blood draw is over, the phlebotomist will put gauze over the spot where they took the blood and tape it or put a bandaid over it.
● You may have to have a blood draw several times while you are at the hospital, but it is very quick and hurts very little.
What is your job during the Blood Draw?
It is very important to hold still during the blood draw.
What can make a blood draw easier?
● Distraction, paying attention to something else
● Deep breathing/ blowing bubbles
● Comfort position with caregiver