Performing venipuncture is a crucial aspect of providing necessary medical care, and it is a skill that nurses use on a daily basis. In the following paragraphs, we will delve into the steps involved in venipuncture and how to properly perform it to ensure effective patient treatment.
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WHAT’S THE DEFINITION OF VENIPUNCTURE?
Venipuncture is a medical procedure that involves puncturing a vein, typically in the arm, with a needle to collect a blood sample for diagnostic testing or medical treatment. The collected blood can be used for various purposes, such as to measure glucose levels, check for infections, or assess organ function. It is a standard procedure performed by healthcare professionals, including nurses and phlebotomists, and is typically considered safe when performed correctly.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF VENIPUNCTURE?
Venipuncture is used for several different purposes, including:
- Collecting blood from a blood donor
- Administering treatment in the form of medication, chemotherapy, and nutrition
- Removing blood when there is too much iron or erythrocytes in the blood
- To check a person’s vitamin, cholesterol, or a variety of other levels
- To diagnose a person’s condition or illness
WHAT ARE THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR VENIPUNCTURE?
The training requirements for venipuncture – the process of drawing blood from a vein for medical testing or donation – vary depending on the state and the employer.
In general, venipuncture training includes theoretical instruction on anatomy, infection control, and safety procedures and hands-on training to develop the necessary skills. Some states may also require certification or licensure for venipunctures. It is important to research the specific training requirements in your state or region if you are interested in pursuing a career in venipuncture.
HOW IS VENIPUNCTURE PERFORMED?
When a nurse or other technician performs venipuncture, they follow strict steps. A nurse will begin by asking the patient to verify their identity. Then, they’ll check to ensure the vacuum tubes match this information, wash their hands, and put on sterile gloves. Next, the nurse will follow these step-by-step directions for venipuncture:
- Apply a tourniquet to the patient’s arm and ask them to make a fist
- Once a vein is identified, the nurse will swipe the injection site with an alcohol swab
- Insert the needle
- When done correctly, blood will begin to flow into the vacuum tube
- The patient will be asked to release their fist
- Once the vacuum tubes are filled, the needle will be removed as a gauze pad is pressed against the injection site.
- A bandage will be placed on the patient’s injection site
- Vacuum tubes are labeled, and the area is cleaned
Once the patient leaves, the blood samples are sent to a lab for further testing.
ACCREDITED HEALTHCARE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AT BARTON COLLEGE SCHOOL OF NURSING
Barton College School of Nursing offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in the following fields of study:
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
The Master of Science in Nursing program offers a two-year program that prepares students for their next steps as educators or administrators in the nursing field.
When you graduate as a Nursing Major, you’ll receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and the tools you need to be a successful and qualified professional in your nursing career.
RN-BSN PROGRAM (ONLINE)
Our online RN-BSN Program provides a convenient way for busy professionals and parents of young children to achieve a degree in healthcare in a way that fits their active lifestyles.
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As part of their daily responsibilities, nurses are expected to have a wealth of knowledge, including the proper steps for performing venipuncture. At Barton College, we provide academic programs designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the industry.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in nursing, we encourage you to explore our range of nursing programs. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about enrollment and the opportunities available to you.
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